One man is bringing his fight to Wagga this week as he appeals for others to join his mission to end poverty.
Matt Napier’s feat has taken his feet across Australia and Africa, raising awareness and funds for those surviving in impoverished countries.
An ambassador for Caritas Australia, Mr Napier said this year’s Project Compassion appeal would focus on the 90 million Asia Pacific people who were battling below the poverty line.
He said a further 300 million people were at risk of falling back into poverty due to the economy, natural disasters, climate change and disease.
Mr Napier said charities like Caritas were integral to international aid due to government funding cuts across the board.
He said Caritas was “the golden link in the aid chain” as it partnered with local charities to target aid through relevant and community driven projects across the globe.
“Together we’ve already halved global poverty,” Mr Napier said. “Another 20 years and we could eliminate it completely.”
Mr Napier is urging Wagga residents to use Lent as an opportunity to dig deep and help their neighbours.
“Being better global citizens is in the world’s best interests,” Mr Napier said. “We need to be grateful for what we’ve got and appreciate it.”