Abbey spreads words of hope

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

UNI­VER­SITY of WA an­thro­pol­ogy stu­dent Abbey Mar­don re­cently re­turned from her week in East Ti­mor with World Vi­sion.

Af­ter tak­ing part in the 40 Hour Famine last year, Abbey was determined to con­tinue learn­ing from the or­gan­i­sa­tion and de­cided to be­come a youth am­bas­sador af­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tives from World Vi­sion vis­ited her school.

She was cho­sen out of hun­dreds of ap­pli­cants to rep­re­sent WA as a World Vi­sion Youth Am­bas­sador.

As a Youth Am­bas­sador, she will share her ex­pe­ri­ences from East Ti­mor with other young peo­ple when she vis­its schools this year.

Abbey said she had the chance to see first­hand the dif­fer­ence that World Vi­sion’s devel­op­ment projects made to com­mu­ni­ties in East Ti­mor.

“I just couldn’t be­lieve how ef­fec­tive the pro­grams were,” Abbey said.

“They are com­mu­ni­ty­fo­cused and sus­tain­able, so when we leave, the pro­grams con­tinue. It’s easy to look at poverty and think it’s too hard, but just a lit­tle bit can make such a huge change.”

Abbey said she no­ticed that reli­gion was very im­por­tant in the com­mu­ni­ties she vis­ited, but some peo­ple were too ashamed to go to church be­cause their clothes weren’t nice enough.

“That’s how iso­lat­ing poverty can be,” she said.

40 Hour Famine runs from Au­gust 14 to 16 and is cel­e­brat­ing 40 years since it started in 1975.

For­mer PLC stu­dent and Wem­b­ley res­i­dent Abbey in East Ti­mor.

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