Aaron’s Scottish Tour

Last week Aaron Oxley, Executive Director of RESULTS UK, went on a Grand Tour that began with Sheffield and proceeded through Dundee, Glasgow, Linlithgow, and Edinburgh.

The Sheffield event was a great start to the tour. While not in Scotland, it was on the way up and Aaron’s visit coincided with the Global Poverty Project’s presentation of 1.4 Billion Reasons at Sheffield University. There were around 150 people in the room, and RESULTS was given a great plug during the presentation, with Aaron following up with a short talk about who we are and what we do. Over a dozen people signed up, so we are hopeful to be able to bolster our presence in Sheffield starting from our November call.

The next meetings followed in Dundee, in the Number 10 Volunteer Centre – unfortunately, not the Number 10 where one might have bumped into David Cameron! It was a good opportunity to engage some new folks in the issues we work on, and was followed in short order the following night with a similar meeting in Glasgow that also had good, high energy.

The final day of the tour included Linlithgow, where Aaron was graciously hosted by the Ross family. One of the invitees was a local Minister, who then promptly went off and delivered a sermon the following Sunday that included talking about RESULTS work and how micro crop insurance can help protect the poor against extreme weather events. Edinburgh was the final stop, where Aaron spent a relaxing evening with some key group members and made some good plans for their next steps.

All in all, a very successful tour. Many thanks to everyone who hosted, helped, organised, planned, and invited folks along – and even more thanks for Scotland (and Sheffield’s!) enthusiasm and help in getting powerful RESULTS North of the border to end poverty!

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