This month we are standing in solidarity with those living in poverty by recognizing October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Our #EndPoverty Challenge is asking you to take action by supporting Results Canada’s work to address the issues involved in extreme poverty that are being exacerbated by COVID-19 – from lack of health services and education to the basic survival necessities of food and water.
You can support Results Canada by starting your own food or water fundraiser and rising to the #EndPoverty Challenge. Choose either the Food Challenge or the Water Challenge and create your own personal fundraising page with our easy-to-use, pre-made template. Use our Challenge resources to get access to everything that you need. Then invite your family and friends to support you with donations as you take on your challenge – and ask them to join you!
The international poverty line was established as USD$1.90 (approx. CAD$2.40) by The World Bank. In India, children living at USD$1.90 still have a 60% chance of being malnourished. In Niger, infants living at USD$1.90 have a mortality rate three times higher the global average. The same story can be told of many other countries.
The ask: Pick as many days as you can within the month of October to eat food costing no more than CAD$2.40/day and fundraise by inviting your network to support you in reaching your #EndPoverty Food Challenge.
Six kilometers is the average distance round trip predominantly women and children in low-income countries must walk for water – and it is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. Moms and daughters walk their 6 km barefoot or wearing rubber sandals. More than 3 million children and nearly 14 million women walk more than 30 minutes to collect water. And they often make that trip more than once a day.
The ask: Pick as many days as you can to walk, wheel or run 6 km/day within the month of October and fundraise by inviting your network to support you in reaching your #EndPoverty Water Challenge.
Our goal for this #EndPoverty Challenge is to fundraise in support of a collective target of CAD$15,000. In recent years, Results’ advocacy efforts have been focused on advancing global health equity and education for all. Now, given the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the livelihoods of those living in poverty, we want to scale up our advocacy in support of economic opportunity. Funds raised will help finance the research, staff capacity, and volunteer tools needed to advance our ongoing work in support of economic opportunity for all.
Are you up for the challenge?
Here are some ideas you can use to accomplish the challenge you choose and raise fundraising dollars to support Results Canada’s work of ending extreme poverty. Ask your family and friends to consider aligning their donations with the level of challenge you complete.
Get started by creating your own fundraising page today. The deadline to create your page is October 17.
The beauty of being part of the Results Canada volunteer network is that you are never alone: reach out to Results volunteers – especially those nearby as you can walk together, cook, etc. You can reach out to volunteers in our internal Slack as well.
We recognize that COVID-19 may have adversely affected your everyday life or those of your friends and loved ones – whether that’s with work, your child’s school, or even a personal encounter with the disease itself. Whatever you can do to support the work that Results Canada does to #EndPoverty will bring us closer to our goals. Support our fundraising challenge now by donating to Results Canada.
Reference the current call-to-action page about our #EndPoverty Challenge to find key dates, key words, hashtags, and tags along with resources and references.
- Randy Rudolph, Results Canada volunteer