In the year 2000 Australia joined 188 other nations in a commitment to achieving eight Millennium Development Goals in order to halve poverty by 2015.
Micah Challenge’s Finish the Race campaign is a national mobilisation of individuals, churches, and communities to hosting or participating in a local electorate-based event from April - August, calling on the Australian Government to 'finish what we started' when we committed to achieving these goals. www.finish2015.com.au
Northern Beaches Christian School - At the beginning of this term, a passionate group of high school students launched the NBCS Social Justice Team. Their focus for the term has been raising awareness of global poverty. Inspired by the work of the Micah Challenge, on Monday last week the team organised a 'Finish The Race' event.
New Life Baptist Church Jewells – 'Walk for Life 2013 Finish the Race event' had over 80 walkers. We were able to share with numerous people on the day who were out for their morning walk about why we were walking and how the work that Mercy Ships is doing to help with reaching MDG 5 to improve maternal health. The walk gave us opportunity to be a voice for the poor and raise awareness of the importance that our aid dollar plays in bringing hope and a future for people living in poverty.
Wow, look how many people there are at Concord Baptist Church who support Finish the Race! "We played your DVD, we had stations looking at the progress being made regarding the MDGs, we took a great photo and sent it to the local MP John Murphy and even made the local newspaper (Inner West Courier). And signed the petition. Particularly in the light of recent elections, there is more for our churches to do in bringing to light issues of God's justice in the fight to end global poverty!!!"
Avalon Baptist Church shows their support of Finish the Race "We spent our worship time on 25 August talking about our God who cares about justice and then about the MDG. We used your video as well as one from Make Poverty History. Then we made posters and took a picture of some of us the those posters. We also signed the petition. We will continue to push our government to give more."
After running an advocacy workshop together at Hillsong Conference Louise Markus MP, Hillsong Executive Pastor Donna Crouch and Micah Challenge's National Coordinator John Beckett pose for a "halve poverty by photo.