World Vision Australia Blog Ambassadors Eden Riley and Emma Lovell meet a group of women advocating for change in their community. Photo by Suzy Sainovski, World Vision
I’m excited this week to be representing World Vision Australia at ProBlogger Conference! As an organisation we are proud of our Blog Ambassador Program and the many talented and creative bloggers who are a part of it. In the past, we’ve discussed why we started the program and how we try to support our bloggers – but today I want to give our passionate ambassadors a moment to share why they choose to use their platforms to talk about the work that we do.
I’ve long followed the work of World Vision. In fact when I was a teenager I was a regular 40 Hour Famine participant and later became a child sponsor. I also had the privilege of visiting one of their projects in Bangkok 20 years ago and was impressed by the impact they were having on the lives of people there.
When I saw them starting to get involved in social media a few years ago they were always one of the not for profits that we wanted to support with our event. In more recent times opportunity came to work a little more closely with them and to join the ambassador program after the Nepal earthquake which moved me a lot.
I love that it gives me and other bloggers the opportunity to use our reach and influence for the good of others beyond the normal topics that we blog, tweet and update about.
Karen Morley – This Morley Life
I think that we take our lives and what we have for granted and I like to make people stop for a minute and think of those that aren’t as lucky and may need our help!
One of my favourite parts is the community of bloggers that I have become friends with along with the World Vision staff. It’s nice to be included in a group of like-minded people
I share quite a few photos from the World Vision Facebook Page and share my own photo’s across social media platforms when attending the annual meeting in Melbourne. I think it gets people talking and thinking when they see my photos.
I’ve supported World Vision for 10 years and I truly believe in the work they do. I’ve seen first-hand that the donations and funds raised here, and by working with communities in other countries, we can truly change lives. I want to be a voice for the voiceless, and if I can use my blogging and social media as a platform, then it’s my way to be a part of the solution. I love hearing so many great stories from World Vision about their work in the field. We get regular updates on specific programs and activities and then we get to share that to our audience.
I write a travel blog and a business blog. On the travel blog, it’s pretty easy to include World Vision. As I have travelled to see five different World Vision Australia projects in four different countries I’m able to share those “travel with a purpose” stories. In my business, Lovelly Communications, I always maintain a sense of corporate social responsibility and will always give back. I really would love to share more of the business start-ups and loan programs I’ve seen with World Vision as this model is so great for sustainability in communities and as an entrepreneur, that excites me!
Amy Darcy – Eat, Pray, Workout
I have enjoyed learning about the work, policies and procedures behind World Vision Australia and seeing that their focus is holistic, looking to empower the community as a whole rather than just the individual. I had no idea of World Vision Australia’s crisis response roles. It was really interesting to see how I could help in a crisis as I have an immediate network of trusting followers and World Vision Australia need to gather all funding whilst the crisis is still in the news (generally within 7 days of occurrence) because although it fades from the media quickly, the problems following the crisis last for months so raising donations during that first week are imperative.
Lisa Humphries – The Art of Joy
As a huge reader of many amazing blogs it was Eden Riley’s involvement in the program that first came across, and having read a lot of her posts and learned more about the program it has been in the back of my mind to look into it further for quite some time! I am a huge believer in using any voice or influence that we have for good, especially in terms of social media.
Although I am only new I love the sense of community and collaboration, and people with a voice coming together for those who do not have a voice.
Alison Hallworth – Talking Frankly
I have been a long term child sponsor and I quite like the work that World Vision does on a practical level. As somebody who has volunteered since I was in single figures, including hands on volunteer programs in Indonesia, Russia, Ecuador and Mexico I am quite passionate about programs that make a long term sustainable difference to communities. I am a passionate, vocal and active supporter of human rights across a number of platforms, a big fan of social good and am fiercely against apathy as a world view. I tend to try and incorporate the World Vision information into my blog rather than be too advertorial about it because it will only resonate with my readers if I’m passionate about it. Plus, World Vision have Hugh Jackman and I’m shallow like that!
Tamsin Howse – KiKi & Tea
I found out about the ambassador program through blogging for social good last year at ProBlogger and expressed my interest in joining. I was already promoting World Vision through my gift guides and have since added a button on my sidebar for people to donate.