Star volunteer Ryan Lukic has been leading a ONE campus group at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Read about what he and his fellow ONE members have been up to in order to raise awareness about global extreme poverty and preventable diseases on campus:
After a successful first year at the University of Calgary, ONE continues to grow on campus with over 150 members on campus. During fall orientation, we signed up 70 new members and are excited to have them on board in the fight against extreme poverty. All hands (and claws) were on deck for ONE at U of C this month as we continue to gain membership and support. With an appearance from Rex, our mascot, we succeeded in finding more enthusiastic members to work with for the upcoming year, and with a diverse mix of students from every faculty on campus this year promises to be even more successful than last.
ONE members at the University of Calgary
Last year, we were able to gather hundreds of signatures for campaigns like “Hungry No More” and our defense of Canadian Aid Budgeting and off that success we were able to hold the first annual ONE film fest at U of C. We showed films such as the Lazarus Effect and Bono’s 2005 TED talk about the ONE Campaign to show the roots of the movement we all have become dedicated to.
Hoping to build off our success of campaigns like “The Beginning of the End of AIDS” and “Hungry No More,” we plan to be bigger and better this year. Starting off with the THRIVE push, leading up to World Food Day on October 16th, we will continue to recruit new ONE members and making sure that U of C is well represented in the fight against extreme poverty. We are also working to reach more students this year by recruiting some of our members to speak in front of their lectures about upcoming events and campaigns that ONE is having.
With the upcoming THRIVE campaign, we will be working to have students join us in ensuring that food security and nutrition stay on the menu of world leaders so that we can guarantee that the world’s poorest can feed themselves and that we work to eliminate the potential that children go to bed hungry. Our advocates on campus are already generating buzz for the upcoming campaign and are going to launch a social media promotion on Facebook and Twitter to get people motivated to come out and support ONE in this fight.
Lastly, if you have friends or family in Calgary or even attending U of C, tell them to join ONE on campus because we are here and ready to welcome everyone to help us continue gaining more campaigners against extreme poverty.
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