Supporter Event – April 26, 2022

Video Transcript

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– [Jane] Hello, my name’s Jane Edge

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and I’m the chief
executive of CBM Australia

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and I’m absolutely delighted
to welcome everyone.

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Thank you for joining us

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for CBM’s first online
stories from the field event

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and it is amazing to see so
many of you joining today.

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It’s really a wonderful opportunity
for us to come together,

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as the CBM community.

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United in our commitment
to make a real difference

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in the lives of some of the poorest

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and most marginalized people in our world.

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Those living with disabilities
in the hardest places.

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I’d like to begin by acknowledging

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the traditional custodians of the land

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on which I’m speaking

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and that’s the Wurundjeri
Woiwurrung people

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of the Kulin nation

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and I pay my respects

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to their elders, past,
presents and emerging

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and I extend that respect
to all first nations people

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who may be present today.

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I’d also like to introduce
you to Julie, our interpreter.

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So Julie might give us a quick wave.

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Wonderful, thank you Julie

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and to our two guests,
Glenys Sigley CBM ambassador

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and who I’m sure is well
known to many of you

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and Julie Smith, one of our
senior program specialists.

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It’s great to have you all here as well

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and we’ll be hearing from
Glenys and Julie a little later.

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Throughout this session,

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please also feel free to
pop questions you may have

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in the Q&A section at
the bottom of your screen

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and our plan is to answer
those live as best we can

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later in the event.

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So, you might be asking why are stories

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from the field event

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and for me in what have been
really challenging times,

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I know for many of us over
the last couple of years,

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this is really a chance
to bring everyone together

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and remind us of why we do what we do

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as part of this CBM family.

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We know that there is power in stories

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and hearing from people
who have seen first hand

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the impact of your giving

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and how that really brings home

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the importance of this work

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and how your generous support
literally is changing lives.

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So my hope is that you’re
actually first and foremost

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encouraged by this event.

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That you are moved

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and see the impact of the work

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and you are giving

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at a time when there really is

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so much suffering in our world.

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With the recent celebration of Easter

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and the importance of
Anzac day just yesterday,

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I’m really conscious of
the themes of sacrifice

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and the new dawn

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and the examples of courage,

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grace and love that they represent.

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And I know personally how powerful

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this movement of the heart
that is CBM’s work really is.

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That reflection movement of the heart

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is inspired by Christian
Philosopher, Jean Vanier,

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who spoke about transformative
change this way,

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“Each human being however weak or small,

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has something to bring to humanity.

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As we start to really get to know others,

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as we begin to listen
to each other’s stories,

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things begin to change.

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We begin the movement from
exclusion to inclusion,

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from fear to trust,

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from closeness to openness,

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from judgment and prejudice,

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to forgiveness and understanding.

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It is a movement of the heart.”

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So I encourage you all to stay with us

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through this sharing of stories.

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I hope you have a cup of tea, like I do.

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It’s an informal chance to be together

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and reflect on this community,

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this movement of the heart

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and I’ll share a personal
message also before we finish.

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So I’d like to hand over to Glenys

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to share some of her experiences with us.

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As I said, Glenys has
been a CBM ambassador

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and a long term supporter

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and in these roles, Glenys
has traveled many times

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to see CBM programs in
action on the ground

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in the poorest communities.

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So Glenys please, please share with us.

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– Thank you, Jane

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and hello everybody.

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It’s lovely to be with you,

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even though we’re not in person.

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It’s really nice to be
able to share some stories

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with you again.

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I first became involved with CBM

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back in the 90’s actually

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because my mother had
developed macular degeneration

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and I was looking at various organizations

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that help people with eye problems

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and a friend of mine that
I went to Bible study with

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was working for CBM at the time

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and said oh, have a look at them

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they’re really good doing things

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and when I looked at the work that CBM did

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I was just so impressed
with the Christian values

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and the helping people in
underdeveloped countries

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and just the wonderful
work that CBM was doing

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that I became a supporter

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and so for several years
we were supporters of CBM

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and then in 2004,

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my husband and I were asked
if we would be patrons

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of the eternal giving club

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which was starting up then

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and it gave us the wonderful opportunity

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to be able to go and visit

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some of the work that CBM was
doing around the world really

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or particularly in
underdeveloped countries

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and one just very quickly that we saw

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was a beautiful little four year old girl

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who had cataracts from
the time she was born

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and when we saw those cataracts removed

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it was just amazing to see
the difference in her life.

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It was wonderful

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but the one that I really
want to share with you today

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is about a lady called Pillay from Africa.

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And we went to visit one of the hospitals

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that CBM was partnering with at the time

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and it was a hospital

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that covered many
different areas of course

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but one of the main things
they worked on was Fistula

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and Fistula if you don’t know,

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is a problem that can
occur after childbirth,

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if the baby’s head is
caught in the birthing canal

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it can cause issues of
leaking urine and feces

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and really awkward

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and uncomfortable times for those women

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and in countries like Australia

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and places like this,

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if it happened to any of us,

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well we could just go and have
it fixed without any problem

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but in Africa,

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when the women live out
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from the main areas

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it’s very difficult for them

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and this is what happened with Pillay.

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Now I was looking
forward to meeting Pillay

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because I heard that she’d had twins

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and I have twins,

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and I thought, oh this is great.

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We’ll be able to
communicate about our twins

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and how things are going

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and when I was having my twins

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I had a little bit of trouble before that

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but I was able to go to a hospital

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and rest up for a couple of
weeks before they were born

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and that was fine

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but for Pillay,

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she started to give birth.

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She lived in the outer regions

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and she started to give birth

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and she went to her local,

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two of her local birthing communities

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to see if they could help her

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and they both said no,
we can’t do anything.

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The only thing you can do to get help

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is to go to the big hospital in the city

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and that was five hours
away from where she lived.

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Now,

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they didn’t have an ambulance
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The only way she could get
there was to go on a train.

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Now, can you imagine how awful
that must have been for her?

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It makes me wanna cry now
even thinking about it.

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Just the pain and the embarrassment,

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the unknown,

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the fear of what was gonna happen to her,

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sitting on a train for
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going to the city.

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Anyway, when she arrived at the hospital

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her first baby had died

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and then her second baby passed away also

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and so, it was a very sad time for Pillay

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and she went home

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and her husband left her

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because he couldn’t put up
with the leaking that she had

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and she just didn’t wanna go out

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and mix with people,

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so she just stayed in
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for 14 years.

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Can you imagine that?

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14 years just living totally
in a house by herself

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with no one around her at all

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and the only way that she
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was by making little items

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that her relatives could
take to the local market

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and sell there so that they
could provide some food

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and so forth for her

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but she just didn’t wanna
come out for 14 years.

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And then one of her relatives

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heard about the hospital
that was doing the Fistula

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and so they took her to the hospital

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there in the city

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and she was able to have the operation

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and that’s when we went over

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and we were able to meet her.

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She had just had the operation.

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She was there with a group of other women

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who also were going
through the same thing.

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They were just so happy and so joyous,

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they were singing hymns,

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they were praising,

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they were just so amazed

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to think that their
life was going to change

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after what they’d been through

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this terrible situation
that she’d been through

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and so Pillay now lives a different life.

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She doesn’t have to be locked
away in that room anymore

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and it’s all thanks to CBM

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and to supporters like you who help her

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and CBM is such,

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just such a wonderful organization

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that with such Christian values

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and helping people with disabilities

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in these underdeveloped countries

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and we can only just say,

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such a very big thank you

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because I know I’ve seen
firsthand the work that’s done

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and I’ve seen the changes that
it’s made in people’s lives

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and here I go again,

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getting very emotional

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but it is,

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it just is the most wonderful,

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wonderful organization

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and thank you to all your
supporters who support CBM

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in the great work they do.

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Thank you and God bless you all.

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– Oh, Glenys.

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It’s always wonderful
to spend time with you.

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I know everyone will have felt

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how authentic that story is

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and how much that experience touched you.

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Your testimony really speaks so powerfully

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to the extraordinary impact this work has

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and the incredible need

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and we know that in
the poorest communities

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the effects of the pandemic
are still very real.

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There’s actually been
a catastrophic failure

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throughout this time to protect the lives,

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health and rights of
people with disabilities.

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So really what I mean to say is

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that never has our work
together been more important

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and joining CBM was a real
epiphany for me personally

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after 20 years involved in
International Aid And Development

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and overseeing really many
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it was quite confronting to realize

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that some of the most marginalized people

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weren’t gaining from those
activities and programs,

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they were invisible.

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I learned that one in
seven people in the world

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live with a disability

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and the vast majority of those
live in developing countries.

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So without intentional effort

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these people are already
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and they’re pushed even
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and that’s what has stoked

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my life long commitment to social justice

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and filled my passion to use
my voice to enable theirs.

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Voices like that of an
extraordinary woman I met

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in Ethiopia.

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So I’d like to tell you about Zinabva,

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who was originally from a rural area

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about a hundred kilometers from Addis.

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And she was just three years
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You can see a photograph
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of Zinabva and I actually sitting outside

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the project office there in Ethiopia.

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The story that she shared
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and shame existed

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and how that led her
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from relatives and neighbors.

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Without a wheelchair, Zinabva
struggled to attend school.

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She managed to complete grade eight

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and she was a talented writer and poet.

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She actually entered and won

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the first Ethiopian
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reading a poem she herself had composed.

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The relatives then who had
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from her village when
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actually sought her out.

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They made the trip to a Agora
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and Zinabva recalled them saying

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how surprised and impressed they were

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at what she’d achieved.

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And yet, despite her talent,

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the support of her family,

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her life was incredibly difficult

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and yet she’s full of forgiveness,

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despite those difficulties.

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Before joining the CBM supported project,

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she described feeling excluded
and very, very depressed.

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She said, “This project
showed us how to catch a fish

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rather than just receive one.”

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She told me a wheelchair
had transformed her life.

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That mobility meant
independence and dignity.

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She was able to be part
of a self-help group

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and start a business with a small loan.

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So despite everything she’d faced,

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her compassion and deep
faith shone through.

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She actually was caring for
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elders and street children

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and I was really struck by this

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and when I asked her

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how she was able to
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she replied, “You don’t support others

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from your excess, you
support from what you have.

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It doesn’t feel good
when my stomach is full

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and others are hungry.”

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So now Zinabva is a role model
for people with disabilities.

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She tells other young women,

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they too can be independent,

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start a business

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and many are now
following her on the lead.

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And I do think often
about Zinabva’s words,

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“I give from what I have.”

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As a truly inspiring challenge for us all

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because this is actually
the collective power

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of your support,

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our dedicated partners
and the CBM programs

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that are actively working
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And I was so moved by Zinabva story

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and her’s is one of so, so many.

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Every person has a story to tell,

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a contribution to make,

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potential to fulfill

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and I know that you’re are
passionate about that too

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because you’ve been part of
this movement of the heart

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with us

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and I really wanna encourage
you to visit our website

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from time to time,

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because we are regularly
sharing more stories

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about lives transformed with your support.

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So we’re gonna answer
some questions in a moment

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but I want to invite Julie,

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one of our program experts,

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to share a little bit
about her journey into CBM

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and Julie do tell us really
what draws you to this work

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and what really motivates you.

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– Thanks, Jane.

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So I’ve worked,

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with AIDO organizations,

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my whole career basically

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and I’ve been with CBM for nine years

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and I think one of the
things that motivates me,

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is CBM is doing a job of
working with the most vulnerable

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and I think that’s the thing,

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’cause when we think about people

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in many developing countries

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we think about vulnerability and poverty

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and so often what you find

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is that the most vulnerable people

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are those people with disabilities.

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They’re at the bottom of the heap

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and that’s been one of the real challenges

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that CBM has tried to address.

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Just before I go on,

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if you would like to ask a question

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’cause we’ve got a bit of
time for questions now,

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there’s a little Q&A box at
the bottom of the Zoom chat

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and you can type your question in there.

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Not everybody can see your question.

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So if you are wondering that it might be

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a bit of a obvious question,

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don’t hesitate

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put some questions up there

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because I think that helps
us get a sense of the things

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that you wanna know.

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So one of the questions
that I’ve got now is,

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has CBM’s work stopped during COVID?

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I think the answer to that is not at all.

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It’s cranked up,

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it’s been different

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and it’s been different because
people have been so impacted

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and impacted in a way,

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you know, not like here in Australia

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where we’ve had our COVID payments

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and our support payments

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and help with the lockdown
those sort of things.

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We’ve heard for example,

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I heard of a family based in Nepal,

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the husband goes to India
every year to work as a laborer

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on a building site.

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India last year, just locked down.

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Bang, lockdown like that.

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Everybody had to leave.

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So Becky goes home.

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He has a child with cerebral palsy,

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a young adult with cerebral palsy.

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Basically his income source is gone.

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And so CBM starts to
work with our partners

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on supporting them with developing
local vegetable gardens,

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setting up a little greenhouse,

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setting up a little veggie garden

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and we just had some
photos recently of them

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with so many pumpkins,
zucchinis, peach trees growing,

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growing tomatoes.

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So suddenly their lives
have been turned around

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because there isn’t
social security payments

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like there is here in Australia.

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So that’s been one of the questions.

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There’s another question about,

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what percentage of the dollar

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goes to the recipient for help?

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Well, probably about
12% of our fundraising

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goes to pay the staff
that keep the work going

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here in Australia that
goes into more fundraising.

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The rest goes overseas to our project work

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and to our project
partners to support them

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in all sorts of facilitating
all sorts of change,

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whether that is change in terms
of training up eye surgeons,

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whether that’s change in
terms of helping families

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to get their kids into school,

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kids with disabilities,

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training teachers onto how to make sure

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there is an environment in schools

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that is conducive to kids
with disability coming along.

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So that’s the sort of work
that we are trying to do

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with the dollars that go overseas.

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Just going back to the COVID question.

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A number of our eye hospitals

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did have to slow down their work

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in the last two years because of that

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and so what we had there

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was an issue with increases
in blindness in communities.

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Now things are changing,

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in the Philippines,

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in Indonesia we see that
those eye hospital’s

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are opening up again now,

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getting back to work

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and are probably busier
than they have ever been

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in terms of trying to support
people in cataract surgeries,

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supporting with trachoma relief,

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so that people can get
back to living decent

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and respectful lives.

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And that’s been so important.

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A question is about, whether
Pillay is still alive or not?

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We have been still,

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we haven’t been connected
with Pillay most recently,

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I understand Glenys from our chats before

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but…

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– We,

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oh sorry,

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I don’t wanna wanna but in.
– No hop in

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– We did make another
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and we were hoping to catch up with Pillay

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but unfortunately she’d
moved to the outer regions

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and it was too far for
us to travel to see her.

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So no, we weren’t able to follow up

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but we did follow up

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with some of the other women that we saw

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and their lives had just
been transformed amazingly.

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– So we are the moment

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working with a women’s
reproductive health hospital

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in Nigeria.

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That’s not only

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and some of their work
is about making sure

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that people understand that the importance

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of good nutrition during pregnancy,

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safe birthing practices

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in order to prevent the onset of Fistula,

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which can have such devastating
effect on people’s lives.

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It’s something that we
don’t see in Australia

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because our health system
is so much stronger

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but in many countries,

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this is something that many
women have to struggle with

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and struggle with silently

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because it is so embarrassing

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and you know,

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stigmatizing which is one of the things

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that we’ve really tried to change.

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Another question,

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does CBM, has there been any
specific or special projects

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at CBM where we get
funding from government?

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Yeah, we do get funding from
the Australian government

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through their aid program.

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The way that that works

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is that we have to match that money

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with money from,

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we have to demonstrate
that we have supporters

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here in Australia.

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In order for them to do,

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in order to get government funding,

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we have to demonstrate

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that we have a base of supporters

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who are also supporting us too.

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So that’s why we need supporters

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like all of you on this to team today.

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– [Jane] Thanks Julie.

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– And hand to Jane.

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– [Jane] Yeah, I think unfortunately

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we’re gonna run out of time everyone

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but the questions have been fantastic

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and much appreciated.

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Please feel free to go
to our website of course.

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Hopefully anything that you have raised

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that we haven’t been a
able to pick up today,

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would be addressed there.

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So I do encourage you to do that.

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What stays with me the most
from my visits to CBM programs

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and you’ve heard Glenys
talk about it as well,

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is the spirit and resilience

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of people with disabilities,

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their families and communities

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and what I’m always asked
to do every single time

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is to convey personal
thanks to all of you.

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So let me do that on behalf of the people

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we all seek to serve.

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I’m so grateful for your willingness

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to stand in solidarity with the poor,

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to be part of this movement of the heart

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in so many different ways

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your support through
faithful prayer donations,

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perhaps leaving a gift
to CBM in your will.

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It means the world of difference

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to people with disabilities

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and their families living in poverty

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and I’ll keep you informed
about how you can continue

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to create transformational
change in the coming days

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and weeks.

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So thank you.

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Thank you for supporting CBM

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and the people we serve.

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Thank you for joining us today

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at our first ever online event.

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We are finding new ways to stay connected

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and we’d love your feedback on the event.

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So please do respond to the quick survey

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we share afterwards.

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And I’d really like to close in prayer.

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So please join me in
prayer or quiet reflection.

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Heavenly Father we know that it is in

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the most challenging times,

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times of war, pandemic, disaster,

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that you are nearest if we turn to you,

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you lift us up.

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We pray for the CBM country teams

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who work tirelessly on the
ground to make change possible.

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We pray also Heavenly
Father for your blessing

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on all gathered here today.

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All of those beyond this
call who support CBM’s work.

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Please bless those we seek to serve

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in the hardest places in our world.

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May your love be a constant
source of strength and comfort.

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Lord, thank you for
your call on our hearts

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and for the opportunity
to live out our faith

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as part of this movement of the heart

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a movement of love and justice,

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as we stand with people with disabilities

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who are living in poverty.

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In Jesus name we pray.

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Amen.

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Thank you everyone for joining us

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and I really hope to see
you at the next event.

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God bless.

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♪ Again ♪

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♪ For you ♪

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♪ For you ♪