Cara Feain-Ryan (left),11, Harrison Leslie,11, Hannah Isaac,12 and Angus Cannon,11, of St Joseph’s School at Alstonville take part at the Caritas Millennium Development Goals and You Exhibition at Lismore Workers Club.
Cara Feain-Ryan (left),11, Harrison Leslie,11, Hannah Isaac,12 and Angus Cannon,11, of St Joseph’s School at Alstonville take part at the Caritas Millennium Development Goals and You Exhibition at Lismore Workers Club. Jacklyn Wagner

Exhibition is Blueprint for World

IMAGES of malnourished children, suffering babies and poverty eradication goals were plastered on the walls of the Lismore Workers Club yesterday.

The Blueprint for a Better World: The Millennium Development Goals and You aims to promote awareness about world poverty goals and to halve the number of people in the world who live on less than $1.25 a day.

The Caritas-run exhibition is funded by Government agency AusAid and aims to promote the eight eradication goals set by 189 members of the United Nations at a global summit in 2000.

The emotional displays even made an impression on the youngest of viewers.

“We are lucky for what we have and I won’t take things for granted like technology when these people don’t even have electricity,” 11-year-old Cara Feain-Ryan said.

“I think it is unfair everyone in Australia gets to go to school and these kids don’t,” 12-year-old Hannah Isaac agreed.

The St Joseph’s Alstonville students wrote down things like school fundraising and donating bottled water to poverty stricken communities onto cards which they then pinned on the exhibition’s Pledge Tower.

According to UNICEF, children of similar age to Hannah and Cara die in numbers of 25 000 per day, from preventable diseases like malaria and diarrhoea.

And for those of the 2.2 billion children who are alive, one billion of them live in poverty.

The eight development goals set by the United Nations aims to halve the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day by 2015.

As the target year draws closer, the realities of falling short of this goal become clearer, Caritas global education Queensland advisor Jennifer Byrne said.

“In some countries there have been advances but overall they have fallen short in places like Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa,” she said.

“This blueprint is for a better world with healthy and happy people leading a dignified life.”

The display is at the Lismore Workers Club until March 31.



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