Young anti-poverty campaigners from across the East of England have traveled to Brussels to call on their MEP to help eradicate poverty in Africa.
Billy Hill, 24, UK Campaigns Coordinator for ONE from Epping Forest and Mary Mandefield, 23, Youth Ambassador from Welwyn Garden City are Ambassadors who met Alex Mayer MEP in the European Parliament and handed her a petition signed by 59,632 people.
The Ambassadors and MEP discussed how Africa’s population is set to more than double by 2050, with half of the population under 25 years old. With a skilled, empowered and education workforce in place, Africa can become the engine of global growth.
Billy Hill said: aid: “It was a pleasure to meet Alex Mayer MEP to speak about why the European Union must continue to invest in lifesaving aid which supports the worlds poorest. As an Epping resident, I’ve campaigned locally with ONE and seen the generosity of local residents who fundamentally care about playing their part in creating a better world.”
Mary Mandefield said: “After spending three days in Brussels at the ONE youth ambassador summit learning more about the EU budget, I was excited to meet Alex Mayer MEP and speak to her about the importance of the European aid budget. As a Welwyn Garden City resident I have always been keen to volunteer in my local community as well as overseas - seeing poverty first hand in Kenya is my main motivation to campaign and meet with MPs and MEPs.”
Alex Mayer MEP said: "It is great to welcome Billy and the other ONE Ambassadors to the European Parliament. I think I can see some future world leaders here. We had a detailed discussion about the challenges of famines, disease and people fleeing conflict. I will certainly reflect on their thoughts when I vote on development aid later this month."