As a prelude to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17, 2010) , the official stand-up-against-poverty count is slated for September 17th – 19th, 2010, to coincide with the United Nations meeting in order to put pressure on world leaders to attend to poverty. Since the world leaders will meet on September 20th – 22nd, the following event will happen on September 17th – 19th:

When world leaders gather at the United Nations for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Review Summit in September, the voices of their citizens will follow them, telling them, loudly and clearly:
“We will no longer stay seated or silent in the face of poverty and the broken promises to end it!’

Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC) agreed that they would have a stand-up-against-poverty event on location at Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, on September 17th at 7PM . They can also have a short meeting at the same time for anyone wishing to help organize this event.

For those who cannot attend the official stand-up-against-poverty count event, people can still be counted towards a new world record for those standing against poverty by pledging online and vowing to stand while pledging. So you can stand up at home or at the park or wherever as long as you report it in (on September 17th – 19th). The link is on the website of Poverty Action for Change Coalition should you need it:

Poverty Action for Change Coalition will be looking to call a meeting for organizers – anyone from all organizations attached to poverty – interested in collaborating as well on the committee of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

By the way, the Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC)  also named (and now delivered) a new program that they have rolled out in cooperation with the York Region District School Board, which they named “PACC to School”. Poverty Action for Change Coalition Chair, Tom Pearson, said, “what PACC did – distributed about 100 backpacks stuffed with supplies, calculators and other school supplies in the communities, and delivered them via a neighbourhood BBQ! Hey, how can you beat that!” As well Operation Sparrow‘s Spotlight Theatre School also performed in one of the communities, and they hoped to expand Operation Sparrow’s Spotlight Theatre School next year!


PACC (Poverty Action For Change Coalition)
Mailing address
21 Dunlop St. Suite
200 Richmond Hill, ON,

Phone: 905-836-7931
Toll Free: 1-888-365-5226

Media only call: 289-221-0928

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