Congratulations to Debbie Butwell from the Josephite Foundation and Joan Chapman from Bellingen Neighbourhood House who have won a Sweet Saturday in Sydney!
We asked about your hopes for the future of inclusive finance, and received some outstanding responses. It was a tough choice for our judges, but they Deborah and Joan’s answers particularly “inspiring”.
Joan shared that her hope for the future of financial inclusion is "to create a more just and equitable society for disadvantaged and low income people by creating affordable financial services and seeing the demise of pay day lenders and other scammers who prey on our most vulnerable members of society.”
And Deborah created this moving poem:
A light shining on the horizon
Beckoning us; continuing the fight against exclusion
That light is the Good Shepherd,
Inclusion is the hope,
From tiny, humble beginnings,
We must increase the scope.
To all disadvantaged people,
Seeing the self-esteem it brings,
Ensuring fairness and equality,
In all financial things.
Our thanks go out to the companies that generously donated items for this contest. Both ladies have won a ticket to Les Mis̩rables, a cruise around the Sydney Harbour, a climb up the Sydney Tower Eye, along with free travel and accommodation for three nights.
Thanks also to everyone who entered – we look forward to seeing you at the 2015 National NILS Conference.