Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped inside George Osbourne’s head? No? Well neither had I, until I had to experience that very recently.
As part of a coalition media stunt, I joined with others from a range of charities in South Wales, who are all working together on the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF campaign to make sure the Chancellor deliver’s his promise in the aid budget.
Media stunts like these, although are clear gimmicks, are great ways of getting our message into the press and out to the wider public. OK, being stuck inside a mask on a freezing cold day down Cardiff Bay was not my idea of a fun day out, but the message that we were giving is a very serious message.
We are delighted that the Government has stuck to its promise to ring fence 0.7% of our Gross National Income (GNI) to overseas aid (although please note that this has translated into decreased spending on overseas aid in 2013 – see this article for CAFOD’s response). This shows that campaigning does work. When we use our voice effectively we can make huge changes to the structures that can help people in poverty.
As a result of this, we should all think about using our voice to speak out and take action for the millions of people around the world that go hungry each night. We can do this through the IF campaign. Find out how you can take action here.