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Campaigns round-up 2013: elephants, Russian dolls and action for the world's poor

9 December 2013 | by Luke Harman

This year tens of thousands of you joined the IF campaign rallies, lobbied your MPs and prayed for tax and climate justice. Together, we’ve achieved some amazing things in 2013. Thank you.

Luke Harman, Christian Aid Campaigns Officer, gives us a round-up of our campaigns in 2013...

 

What do elephants, Russian dolls, prayers and political action all have in common? - Campaigning!

 

A young supporter helps put together a mass visual petition at the BIG IF London

A young supporter adds a windmill to the visual petition at IF London

My year began huddled together with young activists, our breath turning white in the air, nervous about launching the biggest anti-poverty campaign since Make Poverty History.

Then Bill Nighy took to the soapbox, evoking memories of the passion of campaigners past, and declared ‘Ending hunger isn’t easy, but neither was space travel. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible.’

And with that the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign began.

Hunger and poverty are not insurmountable, they are man-made scandals brought about by an unfair system.

Through our prayers and our actions we can change these systems. We can end poverty.

Churches stand in solidarity

After sleepless nights and months of planning, it was heart-warming to see churches across the UK daubed in giant IF banners, supporters lobbying their MPs and hundreds fasting in solidarity with those who go hungry.

The campaign helped the issue of poverty transcend our differences. Thanks to the love, passion and actions of people like you, ‘IF’ helped tackle hunger around the world.

What we achieved

The UK committed to spend 0.7% of national income on aid and the G8 set out great ambitions to tackle tax dodging - a key cause of global poverty. 

Former teacher Colin Brannen (76) epitomised the spirit of the campaign. He cycled 600 miles from Newcastle to London (and back) to attend the Big IF rally in London with 45,000 other campaigners.
Former teacher Colin Brannen (76) epitomised the spirit of the campaign. He cycled 600 miles from Newcastle to London (and back) to attend the Big IF rally in London with 45,000 other campaigners.

 

 

Thank you again for making 2013 such a successful year for campaigning. Thanks to amazing supporters like you, the structural causes of poverty cannot be ignored by politicians or the media.

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 About the author

Luke Harman

Luke Harman is Christian Aid's churches campaigns officer.