Courtney joins poverty roadtrip
KADINA High School student Courtney Clout hit the streets of Lismore on Tuesday with 75 of her Queensland peers as part of the national Roadtrip to End Poverty.
The red T-shirted contingent collected signatures for a petition, Movement to End Poverty, which they will deliver to politicians in Canberra later this week, advocating for the world's poorest people and pressuring the Federal Government to live up to its promise to increase Australia's foreign aid budget.
"Surprisingly people have been really, really responsive," Courtney said.
"People want to join the movement which is a brilliant feeling - it makes us feel that what we are doing is worthwhile.
"We've campaigned in Brisbane and Bribie Island and today we're here in Lismore and this afternoon we'll travel to Kempsey to do some campaigning there tomorrow before heading to Port Macquarie and then on to Canberra.
"My inspiration was equality and the opportunity to do something - people in poverty don't have this chance and I believe they would fight for us if they were in the same position."
The group will meet up with another 700 young ambassadors travelling from 16 locations across the country to deliver their message to federal politicians.
Roadtrip co-ordinator Rachael McGuirk said the project was the biggest campaign of the year for the Oaktree Foundation - Australia's largest youth-run organisation.
To sign the petition go to endpoverty.com.au.