Alicia P. Morales, Volunteer Intern, describes her enriching experience at RESULTS event in Parliament. 

On June 10, one day after starting  my internship with RESULTS UK, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend their Parliamentary reception at Westminster. As the newby in the organisation this event came at a perfect time for me, since I had the opportunity to learn first hand about the many aspects that give RESULTS the important edge on the way they do their work.

RESULTS' Executive Director, Aaron Oxley along with The Rt Hon. Lord Steel of Aikwood
RESULTS’ Executive Director, Aaron Oxley along with The Rt Hon. Lord Steel of Aikwood

Aaron Oxley, Executive Director for RESULTS UK, set in motion a night to remember with a rehash of many of RESULTS’ success stories. However, Mr. Oxley acknowledged that this couldn’t have happened without the support of a vast spectrum of collaborators, many of which were present in the room. RESULTS celebrated as well that many more collaborators continue to join the organisation as volunteers who donate their time to help accelerate the process to bringing about the end of extreme poverty.

The reception was an informational and empowering evening on many levels and the audience ranged from volunteers to top advocacy officers in the field of development. Respectable guest speakers such as: Mark Dybul, Executive Director of The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; Anne Wafula Strike, Paralympic athlete and Founder of the Olympia-Wafula Foundation, and Annette Brooke, Member of Parliament for Mid Dorset and North Poole, contributed with their expertise in the subjects of health and poverty alleviation, and acknowledged RESULTS’ effective efforts over the past years.

Gill Price, from the Stort Valley RESULTS group speaks with with Anne Wafula Strike and Purna Shrestha from VSO
Gill Price, from the Stort Valley RESULTS group speaks with
with Anne Wafula Strike and Purna Shrestha from VSO

As if having been in Parliament on my second day, and having felt part of this great organization had not bee enough of a superb feeling, I also had the honor to mingle all evening with the world’s most influential advocates for global health, education, and poverty alleviation. One of them being part of our team at RESULTS, Steve Lewis, the Global Health Advocacy Manager, who said: “What a great opportunity for everyone to discuss these issues informally and reflect on the work we do. I’m happy to see about 20 MP’s here tonight showing their support for RESULTS and celebrating with us.”

The Parliamentary reception was a well-deserved night of recognition of achievements for RESULTS and for the network of collaborators, colleagues, and grassroots/citizen campaigners to celebrate the progress made collectively towards the eradication of extreme poverty. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to be part of it!