In rain, hail and shine, 23 year old Rebecca Prior participated in the Burnie 10 yesterday as
part of Team World Vision, an initiative which encourages people to participate in sporting
events to fundraise for World Vision’s Multiplying Gift Appeal. Miss Prior, Tasmanian
University Team Leader with VGen, World Vision’s youth movement, was motivated to
take up this challenge to raise awareness of and funds for communities living in poverty. She
braved the 9 degree Tasmanian conditions yesterday, finishing with a time of 1 hour 12
minutes, proudly displaying her orange Team World Vision tshirt as she crossed the finish
‘Yes I’m freezing cold and going to get sick, but at least I’m not malnourished and living in
poverty,’ Miss Prior said just minutes before the race. “In the words of Team World Vision
‘I care. And so I run.’”
This was Rebecca’s first ever Burnie 10, and she is hoping to get a VGen Tasmania team
together next year, to increase awareness of World Vision’s work to create change for the
world’s poor. Earlier in October she organised a masquerade cocktail party to kick off Anti
Poverty week as a fundraiser for the appeal, which raised over $600, and has kept a blog
throughout her journey. She has now tripled her initial fundraising target, reaching $1200 in
just over a month.
“In my opinion it is important to realise that those living in poverty do not need us to fix
their injustices but programs like the World Vision’s Multiplying Gift Appeal, assist them in
helping these people to lift themselves out of poverty by providing some much needed food
and aid to children and families.
I wanted to challenge myself to run 10km’s and thought why not fundraise for the world’s
poor at the same time.”
World Vision’s Multiplying Gift Appeal partners with the United Nations Food Program to
deliver $10 worth of food for every $1 donated to families in need in Kenya, Somalia,
Myanmar and nine other countries across the world.
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.
Yesterday: Running for the Tarkine