Michael Sheldrick is a community activist, social justice campaigner and law student, who manages an international campaign against polio. A long term justice fighter against global poverty, Michael first joined the Global Poverty Project (GPP), an education and advocacy organisation, to co-produce The End of Polio Concert at Perth's Belvoir Amphitheatre.
After writing to Prime Minister Julia Gillard about GPP’s End of Polio campaign she agreed to meet him which led to polio eradication ultimately being included on the agenda of the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The outcome was a $50 million contribution from the Australian Government and nearly $70 million from other world leaders.
Since then, Michael has supported the roll out of polio advocacy campaigns in North America, the United Kingdom and Pakistan. The campaign has the support of philanthropist Bill Gates and former Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon. Michael has won numerous academic awards, and regularly visits high schools to encourage students to volunteer for charitable causes.
A proud Rotarian, Michael is passionate about Rotary International's unique role in spearheading polio eradication efforts