Katie Bird is a 16 year old student at Matthew Flinders Anglican College who wants to make a positive change in the lives of those around her.
In 2011, Katie experienced a once in a life time opportunity to visit the UN Headquarters and The Red Cross in Geneva. The visits proved to be an eye opening experience and demonstrated to Katie that a single person could make a large and beneficial change in the lives of those around them and further afield.
In October 2011 Katie initiated the ‘Fighting Famine One Mouth At A Time’ awareness and fundraising campaign. During this time, Katie and three peers consumed only rice and vegetables for a period of two weeks in order to raise awareness about those who have limited food supplies. The dedicated teenager raised money to assist Food Aid camps across Africa and Asia. Katie hopes to make this campaign an annual event. The 2012 campaign was bigger than the last and involved other schools.
In February 2012 Katie was chosen to be the Member for Buderim in the YMCA’s Queensland Youth Parliament. This involves helping to create a bill to improve the health and health services for the youth of Queensland. Katie sat in the Youth Parliament in September, shortly before her second fight against famine took place.