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There are different ways that you can get involved

By being on the mailing list
Which will enable you to know what is going on and to join in one or more activities. Contact us if you would like to join the mailing list.

By being a 'Correspondent'
A 'correspondent' is an individual who acts as a representative of MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY North East at a local level. Ideally, he or she will be a contact person for a small group (although this is not essential) - for example, in a work place, a church, or a village, etc. Some such groups may be linked with national organisations, but we hope they will collaborate with us. We hope to have correspondents/groups in every constituency in the North East. Find out more...

By joining the main committee
Meetings are held monthly - usually in the university chaplaincy at Newcastle University, on the first Monday of each month. Any individual or representative of a group that shares our aims is welcome (see the constitution for details). If you would like to attend then please contact us.

By simply supporting the aims
Tell people about poverty. Talk about it in your workplace, home, church, school, college, social club, etc. Persuade people that poverty in the world is unjust, unfair, and inhuman. And join us when you can at events. For example, over 225,000 took part in the rally in Edinburgh in July 2005 to call on world leaders to act at the G8 summit to Make Poverty History! Several thousand of those people were from the North East, many of them travelling on the 28 coaches organised by the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY North East committee. Click here to see what is going on.

Don't forget - you can still wear the white band to show your support.

The white band has become the symbol of the global fight to end poverty.

It is estimated that eight million people wore the white band in 2005.

"Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom."

Nelson Mandela, 2005