Stand fights poverty
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.
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