The Tasmanian branch of VGen, World Vision’s youth movement, is kicking off Anti-Poverty Week 2012
in style with a masquerade cocktail party at Amore Bar at 7.30pm on Saturday October 13 to raise funds
and awareness for global poverty.
Organised by 23 year old Rebecca Prior, the cocktail party is just the first step as part of the Team
World Vision initiative, which fundraises for the Multiplying Gift Appeal. As well as this weekend’s party
against poverty, she is currently seeking donations as she prepares to run Tasmania’s iconic Burnie 10.
With donations from the party and Burnie 10 sponsorship, Team World Vision will donate $10 worth of
food from every $1 raised to the Multiplying Gift Appeal in order to help end extreme poverty.
“I strongly believe that as advocates we can mobilise our networks to create change in our communities. I
figured that if I was going to run 10kms then why not raise funds to assist communities abroad to lift
themselves out of poverty”, Rebecca said.
Balancing uni, work and training for the Burnie 10 has been a challenge, but her passion to create change
for the world’s poor has motivated her to continue fundraising and getting the community involved
through holding local events and participating in existing ones.
“Everyone should be aware of extreme poverty just as everyone should have the opportunity to
experience things that we all take for granted like adequate health services, proper sanitation and have
enough food to feed your whole family”, Rebecca said.
Having already raised 75 percent of her $400 target, Rebecca welcomes any support from the local
community who wish to make an impact during Anti-Poverty Week
Tickets to the masquerade cocktail party are still available, please visit the Facebook event for more
To follow her blog and donate go to
VGen aims to inspire, educate and empower young people to respond to issues of global poverty and
injustice through mobilising their communities through local, grassroots action. Rebecca is currently the
University Team Leader for VGen, coordinating grassroots action on UTAS campuses statewide, and has
been integral to building relationships with university staff and students around World Vision campaigns
and providing opportunities for young people to take action against injustice.
What: Maskup For Charity party
When: Saturday 13thOctober
Where: Amor Bar, North Hobart