Posted by: Jean-Paul Behrens | October 18, 2009

Stand Up Against Poverty!

Today we did the official AUD Stand Up Against Poverty event!! What is this all about?? This event is held every year to raise awareness on the Millennium Development Goals and demand world leaders action towards obtaining them. Here’s a snippet from the website:

“For the fourth year in a row, millions of people around the world will “Stand Up and Take Action” to demand that world leaders end poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs offer us a roadmap to end poverty and its root causes. In September 2000, 189 world leaders adopted the MDGs as part of the Millennium Declaration, agreed to at the United Nations Millennium Summit” (

A few pics I took from the event, but I couldn’t take good ones since I was on the other end of the camera this time, except the last one!

A big poster of the event.

That’s the president of the group being interviewed. She is full of passion and loves helping other people. I would really like to start a group like this in UT. Maybe there is one already? I’m not aware of it, please let me know if there is.

And that’s the official picture of our “Stand Up Against Poverty.” Hopefully this year we can break the 116 million people record. I’m in there in the middle =)

Its really gratifying to be part of a group that is active on helping the international community. Its not all about going to college and getting a high paying job once you graduate. We are all so lucky to be in this position. Even you reading this blog!! Just give it a try and give back today, not because you will expect to receive something in return but because so many people in this world live in detrimental conditions and it is us who have the power to help them because we are the ones getting the education and meeting the contacts, not them. Maybe it sounds dumb to just “Stand Up” against poverty but its better than sitting down and munching on Doritos is it not?? haha!

Enjoy the rest of the day!!


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