Families picnic against poverty

By Kate Wilson A DAY in the sun at Alexandra Park is about as far as you can get from a poor African village, but Erin Curtin said the Make Poverty History Picnic on Sunday was a chance to support a good cause.

Miss Curtin was one of 30 people who donned white armbands and face paint at the event which was organised by the Oaktree Foundation's Bundaberg branch.

"I came today, because I don't think there are enough of these events in Bundaberg," Miss Curtin said.

"The more people who see what is going on the more we can do to help make poverty history."

Organiser Angela Dickie said the picnic aimed to raise awareness about the campaign lead by U2 frontman Bono.

"We have all heard the statistics about one child dying every three seconds, but the longer we let our government do nothing about this, the more children die," Ms Dickie said. "Oaktree has signed up to help the Make Poverty History cause, so we thought we'd put an event together before Christmas."

Ms Dickie dismissed the lacklustre turn out on the day and said people would fight to end poverty, if they knew about it.

"It's like anything in Bundaberg," she said.

"Once you can make people aware of the problem, then you can create the awareness to do something about it."

The Oaktree Foundation is an Australian youth-run charity, which lets young people help other young people around the world.

Ms Dickie said the Bundaberg branch had already held some fundraisers this year as part of the group's work with the Make Poverty History campaign.

"Just a small thing like this picnic, which we can do here in Bundaberg can cause incredible ripples around the world," she said.



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