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Winner of the “Learn about Poverty” Day of Digital Learning in Sydney

Posted By Darren Rowse 22nd of October 2008 ProBlogger Site News 0 Comments

Earlier in the month I ran a competition here on ProBlogger in conjunction with World Vision Australia and their blog Learn About Poverty. The competition was for Australian bloggers to give World Vision advice on their online strategy going forward.

We had 29 entries and having read through them all late last week I was really impressed with the quality of the work submitted. The effort that some of you went to in putting your submissions together was quite extraordinary and I know the team at World Vision are incredibly pleased with the advice that they’ve received and with the wisdom that was in the comments.

However there can be only one winner of the amazing prize (a trip to Sydney and a day of digital learning with Microsoft, Amnesia, Yahoo!7 and Google. That winner is Loreena Walsh.

Steve Hopkins from World Vision said this about Loreena’s entry:

“I loved this post, largely for the great way she outlined how we could get around the staff-safety thing. Whilst many people had great suggestions about how we could ignite a social movement with social media tools, Loreena’s response to how to achieve this AND protect the safety of our staff was top notch. She highlighted what was most important to her, and the blogging community, and that helps us enormously. Certainly, we have already taken much from her post.”

Steve also went on to mention another submission that was incredibly helpful from Pete Williams who came a very close 2nd place. While there’s no prize for 2nd – I’d like to send Pete a copy of my book as a token of appreciation for sharing his wisdom. If for some reason Loreena is unable to take the prize we’ll send Pete to represent ProBlogger readers on this day!

Thanks to everyone for their submissions. Loreena and Pete were just two of the great entries received. There were plenty of others also! Thanks everyone.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  • Congratulations to Loreena and Pete

  • It’s great to hear positive news, especially with all the negative we have been hearing surrounding the economy and election! What a great idea and contest!

  • Congratulations to Loreena and Pete. Special thanks to Darren for running a competition like this on ProBlogger. It encourages everyone to give and please give generously.
    A Dawn Journal

  • Congratulations to Loreena, Pete, and all who participated.

    I particularly liked the way Loreena emphasized the benefits of sharing information with readers, and how this could be accomplished without compromising the safety of employees.

  • I wish I had known about this contest…

  • Congratulations to Loreena and Pete, and everyone else who participated :D

  • HI Darren and everyone,

    Just a quick note from us here at World Vision to say a HUGE thanks for all your posts and thoughts on how we can go about creating a great blogging/social media strategy and action plan. All of your posts have helped enormously, and will help shape some of our wider digital strategy as we move towards launching a new website early next year.

    On a more personal note, I’d like to congratulate Loreena on her fantastic entry and Pete on his amazing contribution to WVA over the course of the event. Pete posted several entries to the Learn About Poverty blog, as well as the various comments on the Problogger page. We’re rapt that Darren has generously decided to provide him a copy of book as just rewards.

    Loreena, we look forward to catching up with you in Sydney, and can’t wait to have a chat about all the things you’re up to. Yours was a wonderful post, which has helped us enormously already.

    Finally, a huge thank-you from World Vision Australia to Darren for running this competition on Problogger. Without his help, we couldn’t have recieved the amazing advice that we now have. Thank you!



  • Congrats Loreena, Pete and others who participated… hats off to you all

  • congratulation for everybody those who participated in this .

  • Thats so cool! Congrats Steve for winning. I was thinking of entering the contest, but I’m on my honeymoon, so I didn’t think it’d be a good idea to enter. Represent us well Steve!

  • Congratulations to Loreena and Pete and for those who participated.

  • Hi Darren,

    I ran an interesting social media campaign in Cape Town to raise money for poverty, I thought you might be interested:


  • Congrats to Loreena. It is great to see that a blog such as problogger has an interest in the social issues going on around the world.

  • Congrats Loreena, that is a great win!!

  • congrats loreena and pete…..enjoy the trip…!