Saturday, March 7, 2015
Last year I received an email from a team of people who assist CARE Australia with their marketing. They were looking for some online ambassadors and wondered if I would be interested.
My first response to them was that I wasn’t sure I could do them justice. I have known about CARE for years and am quite fond of them due to two main reasons. Firstly, they have a super high focus on women and girls, not just because it might be the trendy thing to do at the moment, but because they know helping women and girls around the world can benefit the immediate family and then the larger community. Secondly, they are not connected to any religious group around the world.
I replied to the team to let them know that while I was interested in hearing more, I just didn’t know if I had the ‘readership’ to really help them out. They decided that that was still ok. See, told you they were all nice people.
So last week I went off and had a meeting with the other online ambassadors, the PR team and a group of people who work for CARE.
Now has that team done some travel, been some places, met some people. LIVED SOME LIVES. They were all quite young and fabulous and inspiring.
They each shared some stories about the work they have been doing over the last few years and then I had to ask the question…does it all seem so hopeless sometimes? Does it? Because I am the type who could see all the suffering and then all the waste and feel overwhelmed, feel beaten by the largeness of it all.
The answer is simple. No. They don’t.
They feel lucky and honoured to be able to share such times with people who need them. To be able to give a little to people who can turn it into so much. They feel joy at statistics that show the number of kids in school where they are working continuing to rise and rise. They are happy to see girls going to school for longer and women who can provide for their own families and they see fewer babies dying and better care for pregnant and birthing mothers. This is what they see. That is what they feel.
It was powerful and encouraging.
And daunting. My role is so basic, it is just to simply share stories of things that I think you might like to know about from CARE. I am not going to be begging you for money for causes or holding a virtual tin shake on my blog. I know that’s not what you want. But there are so many things to know. So many stories that you might not otherwise hear about because they are not about famous people, or influential people. I want to try and tell you some of those stories from time to time.
And that is how my blog has found itself with a new blog tile on the side. This simple graphic that tells you, I am an Online Ambassador for CARE AUSTRALIA.
I hope you enjoy the stories I share with you.