Let me tell you a story.
7.5 years ago, I attended a youth summit in the UK. It felt like a dream for me, as it virtually was my first overseas trip ever. One of the speakers was the programme's alumnus, who used to be Oaktree's COO for the period of 2004 to 2008. He spoke in front of us, the 60 young people who attended the summit, so confidently, about how at such a young age, he and his colleagues in the organisation were able to organise the Make Poverty History concert in 2006.
To the 17 year old me, it was a magnificent story. I envied how other young people had the opportunity to make such a big impact in the world. So, I came home to Indonesia, told my friends about it, decided that we had to start a youth organisation in Indonesia -- all because of an Oaktree story. We were able to set the organisation up and organised a number of programmes. But, since then, I had not been able to shake off the thought that I had about Oaktree: how amazing the organisation is, how it would have been such a great opportunity had I been able to learn from the organisation, first hand.
Fast forward to 2016, to the 25 year old me. I was given the chance to be a part of Oaktree. It was like a deja vu, so much of a dream that came true! It turns out that Oaktree is as inspiring as how I had imagined it would be. It turns out that you
are as inspiring!
Despite the short period, my time in Oaktree has been awesome. I am blessed to be able to join this amazing organisation and meet likeminded, passionately committed young people who wanted to put an end of poverty in our lifetime.
Being in Oaktree put colours in my stay in Melbourne. I used to think it was going to only be filled with coffees and libraries ;) - but it became so much more. I learned so much, thanks to all of you. (Well, coffee still played a big part, though. :D)
Alanda has been Oaktree's Head of Marketing and Fundraising for several months. Alanda is now moving on to her next opportunity (in London no less!) and we could not be more excited to see what she does next. Alanda, thank you for your dedication to the movement to end poverty.