Wednesday, June 22, 2011

500 Hours = 2 people X 1 day a week X 1 year


Do you ever feel powerless about how big the problems of the world seem, and your inability to do anything about them?

500 Hours is two womens attempt to "do something" about the decline in community connectedness. While this might seem too big for two people to tackle, if we wait for someone else to take responsibility nothing will change.

500 Hours is the result of their decision, to stop waiting ... to start acting.

In 2011, Lisa Burnett and Samantha Jockel, will each work one day a week for one year (500 hours) to see what kind of impact we can make with a small amount of time and a specific focus. In our first year of operation we are donating our 500 hours to Kippa Ring State Primary School.

Samantha Jockel - 500 Hours

In doing this work we are seeking answers to the following questions:

•What is the most effective thing I can do to contribute to positive change in my community?
•What needs to change?
•How can others in our community get involved in changemaking?

You can support 500 Hours by funding as little as one hour’s work with a one-off payment of $30, or a regular donation of one hour (or more) per month. Donations of any amount will also be accepted.

Lisa Burnett - 500 Hours


Why Kippa-Ring?

According to www.myschool.edu.au 78% of students attending Kippa-Ring State School are below the state average for “Community Socio-Educational Advantage”. Through no fault of their own many Kippa Ring students start their school years ‘behind the pack’. Significant progress is made over the course of their school years with the gap between Kippa-Ring students and those in other parts of the state reducing by the time they graduate. Even so, despite best efforts and because the gap is bigger, students at Kippa-Ring require even greater support to reach their full potential.

How inspiring is this idea and these two women?

I am now asking myself the same question that these women seek to find answers for.

What is the most effective thing I can do to contribute to positive change in my community?


What needs to change?

How can others in our community get involved in changemaking?

Especially relevant in rural areas I think.

What about you?

500 Hours



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