The end of each financial-year is a nervous time here at the ADRA Australia office in Sydney.
There are budgets to be finalised, new project designs to complete, financial acquittals to process. In fact, the only thing keeping us warm in our cold office are all the calories being burnt as June 30 draws closer and closer.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that this appeal is important. Here's why:
Every day 21,000 children die as a result of their poverty and around the world nearly one-billion (that's 1,000,000,000) people have their lives, hopes and dreams shackled by hunger.
We want to change that. Click here to donate online today.
This video provides a quick summary of why it is so important for us to raise the $840,000 we need before June 30. If we don't reach that figure, we may not be able to assist the additional 21,000 people we want to in the coming year.
If you only do one thing after watching the video above, please share it on Facebook or email the link to everyone you know. The more people who come to realise the great need their is in the world, and the significant impact they can have on it the better.
We don't take asking for money lightly. In fact, we spend a lot of time asking ourselves questions like - What is the greatest need? How much money do we need to respond to it? Can our already generous donors be expected to give any more?
In the lead up to making this appeal we looked at our current projects, and the new projects we want to start come July 1; we looked at the costs and the number of people we have the opportunity in impact; and, we did the sums. And this is what we came to:
We need $840,000 to assist the additional 21,000 people we want to in the coming year.
And we're not just talking about giving them food - because we know that by empowering communities with the knowledge and resources they need to provide for themselves, we are also investing in the security of their futures. Instead of putting plans and dreams on hold, children like Dalila and mothers like Ruth can pursue a more hopeful future.
Which leads me to saying thanks to you. Without your support in the past, we would not have achieved anything like we have - we would not be in 17 of the poorest countries around the world empowering communities and changing lives; we would not be able to respond to disasters at home and overseas; and, we would not be assisting those in need within our own communities.
That's why we say 'thank you' so much. Don't ever feel like your donations are insignificant - we really mean it when we say your support changes lives.
Just $40 can help us assist an additional 21,000 people this coming year.
Our Food and Futures Appeal is important, not because of the amount of money we hope to raise; but because of the lives we want to, and need to impact.
To give to our Food and Futures Appeal donate online or free-call 1800 24 ADRA.