Day 136: Stop the Corruption!
One of the people that have inspired me over the years is Bono. Rock star extraordinaire. All he had to do in his lifetime was make and play his music. His God given talent. He’s got it all – money, fame and love from millions of people around the world. But obviously that wasn’t enough for him. He wanted to do more with his life – talk about doing something with your life! He’s changing the world and especially one country.
He has change the way people look at Africa and its people. He’s not only trying to help a village or small community have access to clean water, food and medicine but he is trying to change an entire country. He is changing the way people and leaders around the word GIVE to the people of Africa. He is showing us how we can solve their tragic challenges.
If you have never seen Bono’s TED speech he made in 2007 it’s worth the time to watch. This speech lead to the start of the RED Campaign. It has now spread, raising over $160 million to help fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
But it doesn’t stop there. His work continues and stretches across the world not only with his music but his philanthropic heart. ONE was created from a collaboration of brilliant minds including Bono’s. Not only does ONE raise money but it also has a voice that is heard all over the world. I wanted to be part of that voice today.
Day 136: Day 136
I got a direct, very clear letter from the ONE Campaign in my inbox today. ONE’s mission is to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease in the poorest places on the planet, particularly in Africa, where the challenges are the greatest. I don’t get “junk mail” from ONE so I thought it was worth a look. It inspired me to go into action instantly, to be part of a larger voice to stop the corruption within the not-for-profit sector. Here is the letter:
Subject: Join me in the fight against corruption
Aid money should be well spent, and any scope for corruption and inefficiency stamped out. One of the best ways to do this doesn’t cost a thing: transparency. It shines a light in murky places where sometimes-sleepy officials doze in the dark, and corruption can go unnoticed. This way people everywhere can track the flow of precious funds to ensure they are put to the best use possible – vaccinating kids, building roads, and getting children into school.
Join me in calling on Italy, Portugal, Austria, and Japan – the aid donors who are the worst on transparency – to shape up and publish the details of all the aid they give.
Sign the petition at:
The more of us that act, the greater our chances will be of making a real difference in the fight against corruption.
I have been in the not-for-profit world for over 15 years. I have been a volunteer, a staff member and Board Member. As a Board Member I learned all about the world accountability and transparency. I worked with a group of people that wanted to be very clear publicly how the money in the organization was spent, every dime. I couldn’t imagine being part of anything that asked people for their hard earned money and never felt they had to be accountable for their generous donations.
Let’s make everyone accountable for what happens to our donations. Let’s make sure our money is going to the right places and helping the people that need it the most. Be part of a large voice that can change the world. Take a moment and sign the petition.
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