A COMMUNITY stalwart rubbed shoulders with one of the richest men in the world after she was selected to help fight extreme poverty.
Chris Eddowes, from Hartlepool, joined billionaire Bill Gates at an event in London after she was chosen to be a Global Poverty Ambassador for a new initiative.
The scheme, spearheaded by the Global Poverty Project and the Co-operative, aims to increase awareness about extreme poverty and what local communities can do about it.
Chris, the chair of Hartlepool for Global Peace and Justice Group, listened to an address by Mr Gates on poverty at the London School of Economics (LSE) when the Global Poverty Ambassador project was launched.
The Bill Gates Foundation charity is one of the backers of the project.
Hartlepool Mail Around the churches writer Chris, of the Grange Road area of Hartlepool, said: “I’m really excited to be given this opportunity.
“It was so inspiring to listen to a man like Bill Gates lay out his vision for ending extreme poverty.
“We each wrote our own annual letter for the occasion and I look forward to spending the next year putting mine into action in my local community.”
Ambassadors were chosen from hundreds of applications across the country.
Chris will undertake training in London in a couple of weeks before working to tackle poverty in the local community.
Ambassadors were selected for being leaders in their business, schools, universities, business and faith groups, and represent a wide cross-section within the community.
Elisha London, UK director of the project, said: “Becoming a Global Poverty Ambassador is a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to get involved in raising awareness for the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty, and mobilise their communities around a series of campaigns in 2012 to deliver more and better aid, trade and good governance.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Global Poverty Ambassador can apply before 10 February 2012 at www.globalpovertyproject.com