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Guinness World Record Event to Fight Poverty
You can STAND UP and SPEAK OUT to Make Poverty History. Organize your own STAND UP and SPEAK OUT event.

As Parliament resumes on October 16,2007, to listen to the Speech from the Throne, millions of people worldwide will be finalizing plans to participate in a Guinness World Record event intended to bring attention to the plight of impoverished people around the world. The Throne Speech will lay out the major priorities of the government but, as in Throne Speeches in the past from either governing party, there is little chance that the difficulties faced by the world’s poor will be highlighted as one of the top priorities for Canada’s government.

On the day Opposition Leaders are responding with their own views on the Throne Speech, Canadians, along with millions of people around the world, have an opportunity to raise the profile of a campaign to eradicate poverty in the world.

On October 17, 2007 – The United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty – millions around the world will STAND UP and SPEAK OUT to Make Poverty History. STAND UP is an innovative and exciting challenge issued by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty and the United Nations Millennium Campaign, for millions to participate in a STAND UP event anytime during October 16 and 17. This year Micah Challenge Canada, a partnership of Christian organizations, has joined as an active participant in this event.

Last year, 23.5 million people worldwide, including 49,000 Canadians, stood up against poverty in a 24 hour period, setting a Guinness World Record.

By STANDING UP you have an opportunity to show your support for the global fight against poverty and let Canadian and world leaders know that we are holding them accountable for their promises to end poverty by 2015.

A STAND UP event can be almost anything - a concert, prayer vigil, worship event. It can take place anywhere: at church, at work, in the streets, at the family dinner table, or in a classroom. The only requirement is that there must be a time when everyone reads a poverty pledge and STANDS UP for one minute to be counted for the Guinness World Record.

There are several ways that you can be part of STAND UP and SPEAK OUT to Make Poverty History.

Organize your own STAND UP and SPEAK OUT event.

Insert a STAND UP and SPEAK OUT moment into an existing event or gathering -- a church service or Bible study, a workplace lunchroom, a classroom, conference, or a movie theatre.

Attend a STAND UP and SPEAK OUT Action organized by others in your community.

Register your Stand Up Event and report your numbers after the event at

This is an ideal time for college and university clubs, youth groups, or any other regular gathering, to take just a short period of time out on October 16 – 17 to participate in a worldwide event to bring more attention to the issue of global poverty.

While the government is giving voice to its own priorities on October 16, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands Canadians have an opportunity to add their voices and respond to what those priorities should include.

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Douglas Cryer is the director of public policy for The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.




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