I need to write a speech on the following topic: Your village improvement society has raised a large sum of money to bring either electricity or a health center to your community. Write a speech...

I need to write a speech on the following topic:

Your village improvement society has raised a large sum of money to bring either electricity or a health center to your community. Write a speech you would give at a meeting of the society in support of one of the projects.

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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Obviously, both of these projects would be extremely beneficial for your community. Your first step in writing your speech would be to do some research on which of the two projects has the most merit.

On the one hand, we can live without electricity, but we cannot live without our health. On the other hand, electricity has immediate local benefits, while it may be possible to access health care in a neighboring village. If transportation to a neighboring village is frequent, affordable, and convenient, electricity seems to be the better choice, but if most villagers would need to travel for more than a few hours to access health care, then the health center seems the better choice.

Whichever project you choose, you should start out by capturing the goodwill of your audience by praising their money raising efforts and thanking the people who have contributed. Your next section should acknowledge that both projects have merits and that the real goal of the community is to pick one to complete first with the hope that eventually the village will have both.

Next, you should outline the major benefits of the project you favor, giving a list of both the benefits it will bring and the problems it will solve.  After that, you should give some evidence why the village needs your first choice now but can wait for the other. 

You should conclude with a call to action, suggesting that it is now time to honor the hard work of fundraising by making the dream of one of these benefits a reality.