Name: Lily Farrell
Location: Berkshire, United Kingdom
Role: Political Affairs Team Member
Fundraising Goal: £400
How did you get interested in global issues?
When researching for my degree in International Relations and Politics, I discovered that throughout the past three decades, the number of individuals living in severe poverty—defined as making less than £2.15 per person per day—had been falling.
However, after watching interviews of Bill Gates and his take on global progress and projections for poverty, I was made aware that the global decline in extreme poverty had been disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, and given the current trends which have followed the pandemic, 574 million people will still be living on less than £2.15 a day in 2030.
I became increasingly interested in global poverty as an international issue after realising this. The damage of the pandemic in 2020, set the world back roughly 25 years in just 25 weeks.
Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I initially wanted to volunteer for The Borgen Project in order to learn more about the functions and operations of our government and to ultimately make a difference – helping to strengthen the global community one step at a time.
I am aware that volunteering does not make change overnight, which is why I think being a part of the organisation which points to a larger strategy is important. Our goals may take years or even decades to get accomplished. However, volunteering for The Borgen Project feels like an investment for the future.
Any interesting tidbits to share?
I danced for many years throughout my childhood. I loved to dance and gained a scholarship for a famous ballet company, the National Youth Ballet. I danced in front of a panel of professional dancers, one of them being Wayne Sleep!
I enjoy travelling and going on holidays, spending time with my friends and going to music concerts. I thoroughly enjoy making memories through activities with my friends and family and dedicate time every week to do this.
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