An Exciting Road Ahead!
My Dearest Fellow Activists,
This summer has been filled with a number of exciting developments. Exciting partnerships in the poverty fighting community of Austin, groundbreaking events for the near future this Fall season, enthusiastic synergy building within our great city. I really can’t believe how much ONE Austin has grown in the past several months. (I am sure many of you can relate to me when I say that it is like watching your baby learn to walk on its own!)
ONE Vote events have been happening across the state of Texas and this Tuesday, August 21, 2012, a ONE Vote Kick-Off Party will be happening in Austin, Tx. We will have representation from both sides of the aisle joining us under one roof, in one gathering, at one time to promote the fight to end extreme poverty. Stay tuned for more news on the event’s unfolding. (And if you happen to be in Austin- you are most definitely welcome to join us! Austin’s ONE Vote Kick-Off Party)
Austin Training 2012 is very quickly unravelling to become a real-live event for the very near future in the end of September. It is quite an amazing thing and I am happy to say that it is due to the hard work of all of us! The enthusiasm, excitement, and determination to make this event a success is what is bringing us closer to the day of seeing it happen. We are 9 international non-profits that have joined together as one to really make a difference and invite Austinites to join us in the fight to end extreme poverty. We have received several sponsorships already- and are waiting on several more great sponsorships and donations for the event. It is most definitely encouraging to receive such great support from our local businesses and organizations! (If YOU are interested in joining us at our Austin Training, please either email me or RSVP at this link: Austin Training Facebook Event)
All in all, there have been so many things that have happened so far, and I believe that even after this internship and fellowship- the excitement and enthusiasm will only grow. But till then, you can definitely count on more exciting news!!!
Thank you for all your support!
The Beauty of Synergy
Let me begin by saying THANK YOU!
Thank you for believing in me, encouraging me and inspiring me.
Today I finished my presentation for an exciting meeting that ONE Austin has coming up next week. A collaborative meeting between individuals and non-profits that not only want to give back to the Austin community, but want to really share the importance of fighting global poverty. This synergy keeps us all encouraged, motivated and excited!
Why does it matter to work together and really strive to make a difference as one strong unit? Because when you have the efforts, time and resources of every unit, organization and individual involved- you have just created one mass movement, rather than simply a good event or conference. You have come together to really make a difference as ONE. And, that’s where the beauty comes in- not only does every organization get to shine individually, but every organization’s efforts shine together as ONE big effort, cause, belief and motivation. This is what moves mountains and what influences the press and media. This synergy and togetherness is what grabs at the attention of our elected officials, universities and general public.
The ONE Campaign Austin chapter, along with the local support of Austin chapters for: RESULTS, The Thirst Project, CARE, Oxfam, Women of Vision-WorldVision, and CTC International, (and two more exciting team additions) are pursuing a major project together. We are going to put together a collaborative TRAINING that will educate the general ATX public on WHY FIGHTING GLOBAL POVERTY is IMPORTANT. EXCITING HUH?
So what will this look like? We are going to talk about advocacy and major issues that impact global poverty. So far, this is what we have- till our first team meeting on July 10th: Keynote speaker, Advocacy 101 session, 8 breakout sessions-Clean Water & Maternal/Child Health; HIV/AIDS & Agriculture Development; Education & Fair Trade; Human Trafficking & Diversification within Non-profits- and a fun networking session to close off the training.
Our upcoming meeting will be great because this is the day when everyone will be able to meet each other, have a more extensive idea of ONE Austin’s vision for this training, and really get to start investing their ideas and suggestions into the training’s planning process. I must say we are all VERY excited for this!
ONE VOTE 2012
ALSO! Another great thing that is coming up with my work here with ONE is the ONE Vote! So as ya’ll know this is ELECTION YEAR!!! Quite an exciting one as we have noticed. And, it is important to make sure that we use this time to remind ALL CANDIDATES- no matter what party they may be a part of, no matter what ideology one may have, no matter what background someone has come from- to support the effort and the fight to eradicate and END GLOBAL POVERTY.
So Texas is an official ONE VOTE state this year- which is quite a unique thing. And, so we have some ONE VOTE parties coming up here in TX in the next few weeks. It will be an exciting time to reach out to the community and raise awareness to constituents, organizations and elected officials that fighting global poverty is a priority. So, I will be helping with the Austin party and reaching out to San Antonio Rotaries to support the San Antonio party.
AN EXCITED OUTLOOK
Needless to say- it has been an exciting past few weeks getting things ready for our AUSTIN TRAINING and now for ONE VOTE parties with the ONE Campaign. It’s a great thing to be a part of, and an even greater thing to work with others that are fighting for the same cause and mission as you are.
So, stop, listen and appreciate the Beauty around you. Embrace this beauty. And, invest into it- this beauty of SYNERGY.
INTERESTED THE ONE CAMPAIGN?
If you’d like to join us in our fight to end global poverty, feel free to sign up for ONE, and to tell your Congressman to continue supporting life-saving AIDS program PEPFAR and to fulfill our commitments to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
YOUR VOICE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!