On Sunday the 7th of August, I was lucky enough to got to the Global Citizenship Concert held at the Auckland City Hall. A group from my school Human Rights Activists group had won some tickets to the concert by entering in a competition, and I reaped the benefits as an extra ticket was kindly given to me by one of the girls.All you have to do is sign up to become a Global Citizen and then earn some points so that you can be in to win tickets for the various concerts that are held throughout the world. These are awesome events that always have amazing artists donating their time: groups such as Black Sabbath, The Foo Fighters, The Dixie Chicks, Bruno Mars, and more, and are globally held, so almost anyone can attend one! By working with leading NGOs, World Vision, VSA, ChildFund, Oxfam, UNICEF, TEAR Fund and the P3 Foundation events will unite a generation’s call for justice and bring together a community of like-minded people.
This unique opportunity was a concert run by the Global Poverty Project, and all the amazing New Zealand artists who performed did so for FREE. In between acts were some inspirational speakers, ranging from 12-year-old Hannah, who was taking part in the Live Below The Line campaign supported by the TEAR Fund, to the CEO of the Global Poverty project, who flew in from New York to talk to the audience about extreme poverty and how his project was working to combat it. The full line-up consisted of Tiki Taane, Anika Moa (whose music I love, and who turned out to be a great entertainer, too!), Jamie McDell, Seth Haapu, Ahoribuzz, Maitreya, Louis Baker, Thomas Oliver and the Auckland Gospel Choir, many of whom wrote a song especially for the concert, which were performed live for the first time ever at the Global Citizen Concert. They were asked to sing the words they thought people needed to hear, the words that moved them, the words that could become a soundtrack to the worldwide movement to end extreme poverty within a generation.
A couple of my teachers also attended, and were spotted next to the World Vision stand, which us girls surrounded for an opportunity to have a go at measuring their arms with the extreme poverty armband (all were deemed healthy – obviously malnourishment isn’t a problem for those of us who tend to regard hot chips as a trendy breakfast). A great time was had by all, even though some feet were a bit sore by the end of the night!
ABOUT GLOBAL CITIZEN
Global Citizen is a tool to amplify and unite a generation’s call for justice. It’s a place for you to learn, and act, to bring an end to extreme poverty.
Global Citizens know that a world that deprives 1.3 billion people of their basic rights and opportunities is unjust and unacceptable. We celebrate the efforts made to cut extreme poverty by half, but recognise more still needs to be done. We know that people living in extreme poverty are working hard themselves, and that we need to learn and take action to change the rules that trap them in broken systems.
We use Global Citizen to learn more about issues, so we can take effective action for change and find opportunities to support campaigns and organisations creating sustainable change. Right now Global Citizen is in launch phase, but in coming weeks and months it will feature new issues, with the latest information and action opportunities, so you can take effective action for change.
Every person has a part to play in writing the story of the end of extreme poverty. Become a Global Citizen, and start your journey here, today.