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About 40 enthusiastic participants attended the Feb. 7 Manitoba regional launch of the CUPE-Oxfam campaign to fight poverty through better public services.   

Pictured here are Ang’er Deng Ruay, Southern Sudanese ‘Lost Girl’; Ray Dirks, a Canadian artist; Denyse Lambert, national global justice committee member; Michelle Beveridge, Oxfam Canada Prairie Region coordinator; and Alexandra Hrabowych, an Oxfam volunteer. 

Denyse Lambert offered these comments:

” ‘We can’t do this alone!’ and ‘HOPE’ were strong sentiments highlighted at the Manitoba launch.

“The shared honest and open experiences of our Sudanese sister An’ger Deng Ruay and
Canadian artist Ray Dirks hit a reality chord for many in the room. It expressed in a very raw manner the correlation between lack of public services and poverty.  

“As Zeena, The Warrior Princess, might say; ‘Taps, toilets, classrooms and clinics – let’s do it and do it NOW!’

“We wish to thank Michelle Beveridge, Alexandra Hrabowych and all Manitoba Oxfam volunteers for organizing the event. CUPE Manitoba stands in solidarity with our Oxfam brothers and sisters on the frontlines of this battle.” 

For more information on the ‘For All’ campaign, visit www.oxfam.ca.