UWA AMBASSADOR IS SPELLBINDING IN SEOUL
Despite torrential rains and the stunning Seoul skyline competing for attention, United Way Australia Early Learning Ambassador Harrison Craig kept the audience at last month’s Asia-Pacific Philanthropy Summit completely spellbound during his opening-night performance.
Organised by United Way Worldwide and the Community Chest of Korea, the inaugural event showcased technology and innovation as key drivers in the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Ban Ki-moon (UN 8th Secretary General), was among those in attendance for Mr Craig’s set, along with leaders from governments, the private sector and civil society, who came together in a bid to inspire greater collaboration between public, private and third sectors in creating sustainable global change. This includes ensuring inclusive and quality education for all, a key area of focus for both United Way and Mr Craig.
The singer and author, who won the second series of The Voice Australia, became a United Way Australia Ambassador in 2017, playing a vital role in raising awareness of the importance of early learning and literacy.
Mr Craig’s first book, Harrison’s Song, is now part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the early literacy initiative bringing free books and education resources to children in communities of disadvantage. So far more than 3500 copies have been sent to Australian families as a means of building vital early literacy skills and ensuring more children can start school ready to learn.
In addition to his participation at the Philanthropy Summit, Mr Craig visited primary schools to meet local children and engage in shared reading activities, helping raise the profile of United Way’s early literacy work in contributing to universal education goals.
Mr Craig was not the only United Way Australia representative at the summit. Board Chair Liz Dibbs was also asked to present on our approach to achieving community impact. Using examples from both our Macquarie Business Park Community Partnership and The Hive, Mount Druitt initiatives, it was a unique opportunity to share the importance of looking outwards and mobilising the community voice in everything we do with regional and global business leaders and social change-makers.
We’re excited to see the learnings and connections formed at the Summit translate to event greater impact and collaboration over the coming year.