Canada and the World Set New Records in Stand Up Against Poverty Events

    OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 38.7 million people in
110 countries who took part in "Stand Up Against Poverty" events around the
world have set a new Guinness World Record. The record, for the largest
coordinated mobilization in history, exceeds the one set last year
(23.5 million) by 60%.
    Here at home, over 74,000 Canadians took part in more than 500 Stand Up
events across the country on the International Day for the Eradication of
Poverty, October 17th. That number represents a better than 50% improvement on
last year's turn-out.
    "This is an amazing indication of the growing conviction among Canadians
that we aren't doing enough to rid this country and the world of a scourge
that can be beaten," says Gerry Barr, Chair of the Make Poverty History
campaign in Canada. "Those who took part in yesterday's events are sending a
message to leaders here and abroad - Get on board, and do something!"
    Make Poverty History's prescription is more and better international aid,
cancellation of the debt of the world's poorest countries, trade justice, and
an end to child poverty in Canada. Some 250,000 Canadians have endorsed the
campaign by visiting

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For further information: Peter Puxley, Media Relations, Make Poverty
History, (613) 241-7007 Ext. 311,

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