Local teens hitting the road to spread poverty message
by LUKE PRENDERGAST email@example.com WHAT can two Ballina High School teenagers do to eradicate world poverty? Dani Maree Eddy, 16, from Ballina, and Anika Woodford, 17, from Wollongbar, applied to be part of the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY ZEROSEVEN Roadtrip. They will join hundreds of other young Australians touring around the nation to spread the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY message. That message is a call for the Federal Government to increase its expenditure on Third World aid from 0.29 per cent of GDP to 0.7 per cent. Beginning in Brisbane, the girls will tour Bundaberg, Toowoomba and Byron Bay, before meeting up with all the other ambassadors in Sydney on July 7. Along the way they will participate in theatrical and musical events designed to raise awareness of the issue. "I saw it on the news on Channel 10 and I thought, 'that might be a good cause', so I put in an application," Dani said. "I'm very passionate. I like surf lifesaving, I like helping people and I don't like to see people in pain. "I'm very excited. I think it's going to be an eye-opener. It might be a bit tough for people and their opinions on poverty with the drought on at the moment, but we're going to try anyway." Anika said she applied after receiving an email from World Vision. "I said I had a responsibility for my generation to stand up for what I believe in," she said. "I think it's going to be a lot of fun and have a lot of impact, considering the number of young people in it. "From an individual perspective I think it's going to be hard if some questions come back at you, like why are we concentrating on other countries." The girls will attempt to sign people up to 'Face up to Poverty', with photographs of participants to be pasted on an abseiling wall set up on the Sydney Opera House.