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Source: Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo to stand up to make poverty history and attempt to set world record

October 12, 2006

of Waterloo Region are invited to gather on Sunday, October 15th to attempt
to set a Guinness World Record for standing up to make poverty history
worldwide by 2015. Locally hosted by the Laurier Students' Public Interest
Research Group (LSPIRG), Opportunities Waterloo Region and the Cambridge
Self-Help Food Bank, the Stand Up to Make Poverty History campaign is being
held in hundreds of locations across the world and is meant to pressure
politicians to put poverty elimination on their agendas.

Taking place in the Laurier's Paul Martin Centre from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm,
The Waterloo Region event is part of an international campaign to persuade
world leaders to eliminate poverty by meeting the UNís Millennium
Development Goals. This global action will be recorded as a Guinness World
Record as a minimum of 10,000 people physically and symbolically "STAND UP"
to let world leaders know that they are being held accountable for their
promises to end poverty by 2015.

According to event organizer Katie Wloka, "our leaders have already agreed
to eliminate poverty; we have to make sure they keep their promise to our
community and our world."

The UN Millennium Campaign was established by UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan in 2002 and adopted by 189 world leaders from rich and poor countries.
The Campaign supports citizens' efforts to hold their governments to account
for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

The Millennium Development Goals:

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

2. Ensure that all boys and girls complete primary school

3. Promote gender equality and empower women

4. Reduce by two-thirds the mortality rate among children under five

5. Reduce by three-quarters the ratio of women dying in childbirth

6. Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and incidence of
malaria and other major diseases

7. Ensure environmental sustainability

8. Develop a global partnership for development

For more information, please contact:

Katie Wloka
Laurier Students Against Poverty, President
Telephone: 519-885-5951

Sean Geobey
Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group, Coordinator
TELEPHONE: (519) 884-0710 ext. 3846
CELL: (416) 897-1934



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