YOUNG people are being urged to hit the road in a bid to end world poverty.
Representatives from the Oaktree Foundation were in Warrnambool this week to promote its latest campaign, The Roadtrip.
Nina O’Connor, Adam Pulford and Hugo Lamb will help to facilitate a nationwide road trip from March 9-16 next year, calling on the government to do its share to end extreme poverty.
Eighty ambassadors will leave Ballarat on March 9, travelling around south-west communities for a week.
They will speak to schools, attend community events and spread the message of The Roadtrip, before converging on Sydney for a final celebration.
Nationally, more than 1200 ambassadors will take part.
“Back in 2000 the Australian government signed an international agreement that said we would give a certain amount of money to end extreme poverty, but we’re not giving as much as we said we would,” Oaktree Foundation Victorian director Mr Lamb said.
“Oaktree and The Roadtrip want to demonstrate public support to the government and show that they should be living up to their commitments and should be doing more.”
Young people in the south-west between the ages of 16 and 26 are invited to become ambassadors on The Roadtrip.
Foundation representatives this week met with Warrnambool City Council and Deakin University to find local partners willing to offer scholarships to south-west youth who want to become ambassadors.
“The cost of The Roadtrip will be $395 for each ambassador,” Mr Lamb said.
“It will cover all of their transport to and from Sydney, including meals, accommodation and flights.”
The Roadtrip will cruise into the south-west during the second week of March, with community events to be held in Warrnambool.
Aspiring ambassadors can apply at www.theroadtrip.com.au