This Anti-Poverty Week, hear how our customer Oaktree works to end extreme poverty.
Sashenka Worsman, 25, is CEO of Oaktree, Australia’s largest youth-run organisation, which works to alleviate poverty.
"We work on the simple belief that poverty and injustice are unacceptable, and we believe everyone can do something about it. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we come together and support causes that we believe in. Not because it is simply the 'right thing to do', but because without us, some of the greatest challenges of our time have no chance of being solved,” says Sashenka.
With 200 volunteers and 250,000 supporters aged between 16 and 26, Oaktree is a not-for-profit multi-million dollar organisation that works largely in the Asia-Pacific region to reduce poverty.
Oaktree works to achieve this by raising awareness, working with local organisations to tackle poverty overseas and by influencing policy change. Oaktree believes in the power of volunteerism, of young people to lead in their communities and, the capacity of every individual to drive change.
Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia or overseas.
This Anti-Poverty week, Oaktree believes change starts with $2. ‘It Takes Two’ is a campaign challenging all Australians to join the movement against poverty, regardless of their bank balance. Its aim is to ignite an Australia-wide movement against poverty, by reinforcing the power of the humble $2 coin. We dream of a world free of poverty, and we believe every single individual can be involved in donating just $2.
Anti-Poverty Week is from 15 to 21 October this year.
Here’s how you get involved: http://www.ittakestwo.org.au/