Stand fights poverty

Central Leader - - News - By Ni­cholas Jones

Green­lane res­i­dent Ali Shariat is get­ting be­hind the fight against global poverty and wants thou­sands of Ki­wis to join him.

Mr Shariat is the Auck­land co­or­di­na­tor of the United Na­tions an­nual Stand Up cam­paign, in which par­tic­i­pants from around the world at­tend events where they crouch down and stand up en masse.

The action is to sym­bol­ise their de­sire to “stand up” against global poverty.

The cam­paign runs over three days, start­ing on Fri­day and run­ning through un­til Sun­day.

Par­tic­i­pant num­bers are counted and are in­tended to re­mind the gov­ern­ments of 189 coun­tries, in­clud­ing New Zealand, of their com­mit­ment in 2000 to a United Na­tions plan to halve global poverty by 2015.

Last year 116 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide took part. Of th­ese, only 770 were New Zealan­ders.

This year Stand Up or­gan­is­ers like Mr Shariat are de­ter­mined to show that Ki­wis do care.

A New Zealand web­site and Face­book group have been cre­ated to pro­vide de­tails on the Stand Up events be­ing held in schools, offices, churches and pub­lic cen­tres.

Peo­ple can host their own Stand Up event by re­quest­ing an in­for­ma­tion pack from the web­site.

Mr Shariat says that this year the aim is for more than 20,000 par­tic­i­pants na­tion­wide.

“That’s a bit more than last year’s 710, and will show our gov­ern­ment that New Zealan­ders are com­mit­ted to end­ing need­less poverty,” he says.

Stand Up New Zealand starts this Fri­day.

Visit www.standup.org.nz.

Bud­ding artists: Six cen­tral Auck­land school stu­dents have re­ceived Pat Hanly Stu­dent Mem­ber­ship Awards from the Friends of the Auck­land Art Gallery, from left: Kee­gan Greer from Mt Al­bert Gram­mar, Ge­or­gia Gid­dens from Ep­som Girls Gram­mar, Cameron Hill from St Peter’s Col­lege, Tara MacKen­zie from One­hunga High School, An­nie Puri from Mt Roskill Gram­mar and Em­mett Watch from Mt Al­bert Gram­mar. Each re­ceives a two-year mem­ber­ship to the Friends of the Auck­land Art Gallery, art sup­plies and the op­por­tu­nity to exhibit their work in the group’s an­nual stu­dent art ex­hi­bi­tion.

Photo: KAREL CHABERA

Cul­tural oc­ca­sion: Ep­som Girls Gram­mar School stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to be en­ter­tained by a Swiss folk mu­sic group and their gi­ant alpen­horn in­stru­ments dur­ing In­ter­na­tional Lan­guages Week. Lan­guages depart­ment head Maria Chabera says with the school’s com­mu­nity speak­ing more then 30 lan­guages, the alpen­horn gave yet an­other flavour to a week packed with ac­tiv­i­ties, per­for­mances, quizzes and com­pe­ti­tions.

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