GLOBAL poverty campaigner Kristina Crawford was among the 300-strong audience for the 2013 Richard Dimbleby lecture recently at the BBC headquartes in London.
The lecture, by software tycoon Bill Gates outlined the fight to eradicate polio, which remains prevalent in a handful of mainly poorer countries causing paralysis in its sufferers.
The campaign has had tremendous support in the Isle of Man from the Rotary Club of Douglas, which has promoted it in the island’s schools and drawn on pupils’ support to raise thousands of pounds towards the campaign.
Its campaign was supported by the Isle of Man International Development Committee, raising £29,000 for the cause and vaccinating an estimated 145,000 children.
Ms Crawford said: ‘I was struck by his point that vast generosity is part of human nature but the issue is whether the people that need our generosity are visible or remain invisible.
‘In fact, he sees ending polio as an opportunity to show what human beings are really capable of and with global efforts – funding, political commitment and resolve – this could be achieved in the next six years.’
The lecture outlined how technology is helping the fight against polio and why Mr Gates himself is personally committed to the cause. He also told the audience everyone needed to act quickly to do their part so children are fully protected and countries are not re-infected.
Ms Crawford will give a presentation called ‘1.4 Billion Reasons’, hosted by the United Nations Association, at Noble’s Park Pavillion Community Room on Thursday, February 7, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. People can also find out more about the global poverty ambassadors.
The Global Poverty Project is looking for committed people to be nominated as 2013 Global Poverty Ambassadors.
Ambassadors will be actively campaigning against extreme poverty and encouraging others to join the movement.
To find out more see www.globalpovertyproject.com/pages/2013ambassadors