Mr Sheldrick is currently campaigning for Australia to increase its funding to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which aims to raise $3.1 billion to deliver quality education to more than 870 million children in 89 countries between 2018 and 2020.
He has worked alongside GPE ambassador and singer Rihanna in the appeal and met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former United States First Lady Michelle Obama, and his trip to Australia included meetings with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s office in Canberra and WA Deputy Premier Roger Cook.
“With Australia the question is are they going to continue to give what they’ve given in the past or are they going to show real leadership?” he said.
“We need countries like Australia to step up.”
Mr Sheldrick is is paid by a group called "Global Citizen" to campaign for "Australia to increase its funding to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)".
Global Citizen is run by Australian Hugh Evans whose "campaigns were credited with playing a key role in the Australian (Rudd/Gillard) Government increasing its foreign aid budget".
In its most recent Annual Report (2015) Global Citizen reported income of $36M generating a profit/surplus of $5M.
It said, "At the Berlin Gavi Pledging Conference in January 2015, fve-year commitments were made, including
£1 billion from the United Kingdom, $1 billion from the United States, AUD $250 million from Australia,
and an increase of NOK Kr.1.25 billion from Norway".
Global Citizen has its own 'tag' for the Clinton Foundation. Of course.
And it's Girls & Women, Health and Education all the way with Bill and Hillary.
Michael Sheldrick first met Julia Gillard when he was at the University of Western Australia in 2011.
He wanted $50M to eradicate polio. It didn't seem to matter that polio was eradicated here a generation before Mr Sheldrick was born.
So do you think he got the $50M from Julia?
Here's WA Today.
Over the course of a weekend at the Global Citizens Concert in New York City – a modern version of Live AID designed to tackle global health and equality issues – the Perth law graduate also rubbed shoulders with U2's Bono, UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon and the presidents of Malawi, Malaysia and the World Bank
In his 25 years he's also played a pivotal role in putting the eradication of polio on Australia's political agenda by organising the End of Polio Concert with the likes of John Legend and Bliss N Eso - to coincide with the world's leaders convening in Perth for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Despite being warned by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that the doors to the Australian government's aid budget had been long closed (in the previous two decades the UK and US governments had given in excess of $1 billion, but Australia had contributed just $17 million to the polio cause), following the concert he received a letter from then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard to attend CHOGM, where she announced $50 million in funding support.
Needless to say it's been a "surreal" few years for the passionate human rights advocate, who was once enrolled in special education classes and was told by a teacher that he probably wouldn't make it to university.
"I remember thinking when I paused, 'Wow how did I find myself in this circumstance where I'm surrounded by these US secret service agents saying 'Let us through, we're taking this world leader through here'," Mr Sheldrick said.
"I am not someone to be put on a pedestal and I don't try to be, I need to eat and sleep as much as anyone else.
"I don't want people thinking you have to be this amazing person in order to get involved in the type of issues I'm involved in because all you need is that passion and interest."
In the year he was born – 1988 – the world's leaders came together at the World Health Assembly and passed a resolution declaring that it was possible to put an end to polio.
In the quarter century of his lifetime since, the incidence of the paralysing, sometimes deadly, disease has been reduced by 99 per cent, with the chances of wiping out the disease forever relying on funding.
When Mr Sheldrick was approached by a former charity colleague to take on the polio cause in Australia, his knowledge was as negligible as that of most Australians (the last case to arrive in the country was in 1972), but he knew he wanted to "do what I was passionate about - extending opportunities to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in the world" and turned down offers from top-tier law firms to do so.
As the Australian-grown, but New York-based Global Poverty Project's global policy and advocacy manager, he's a state finalist in the Australian of the Year awards for the second year running.
His friendship with 2013 Young Australian of the Year Akram Azimi has taken him from Christmas Island, to Pakistan and Africa, where he collected many of the stories he passed on to politicians.
"Celebrities are great because they give you a platform to amplify a message, but at the same time I'm also equally inspired by all the Rotarians out there or the health workers in India," he said.
"Imagine being a polio worker in Pakistan and the week before, someone in your job had unfortunately lost their life due to a security situation and you're taking over that person's role - that is courage.
"And in fact I remember meeting one of my friends over there doing her PhD, she was threatened with expulsion because she was encouraging people to get their vaccines."
It was his stories of polio survivors and deaths he told to Julia Gillard had convinced her to make the $50 million commitment.
"At the end of the day all I am is a storyteller and advocate," Mr Sheldrick said.
"If I can take these people's inspiring stories and share that with politicians here in Australia and inspire those politicians by these stories, that's all I can hope for."
In its dying months before the September federal election, the Gillard government announced an additional $80 million towards the end of polio, to be spread by $20 million a year until 2018 – when experts say the world could be polio free.
And now it's payback time.
Here's an article from Global Citizen about a month ago.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Julia Gillard had a quick meeting while they were both in Hamburg for Global Citizen Festival to discuss gender issues and how they relate to education.
Gillard focused on the need for the world to step up when it comes to education.
While the prime minister was supportive, it’s still unclear what sort of financial contribution we can expect from Canada when it comes to GPE replenishment 2020. However, Trudeau did say that Canada can play an important role internationally when it comes to GPE support.
GPE’s third replenishment aims to raise US $2 billion a year by 2020 for the 89 countries eligible for support. These countries are home to 870 million children and youth and cover 78% of the world’s out-of-school population, according to GPE.
The organization asked Canada for a contribution of US $187.5M (CAD $259M) from 2018 to 2020 to help meet GPE’s 2020 target and accelerate the progress of education initiatives worldwide.
Overall, donor governments are being asked to provide US$3.1 billion over three years and development country partners are being asked to allot 20% of their government’s budget to education. GPE has also reached out to private philanthropic foundations and the private sector for contributions.
There’s an estimated 263 million children out of school. With new donor investments from 2018 to 2020, GPE says replenishment 2020 could, “Provide education plan implementation grants to 67 developing countries; support 30 developing countries to develop new plans for education; and develop education sector investment cases to attract additional financing and align it behind education plans.”
With more funds, GPE could drive increased resource mobilization and strengthen education systems. Their support would result in 19 million more children finishing primary school, 6.6 million additional children finishing lower secondary school, 1.7 million trained teachers, 23,800 classrooms built and 204 million textbooks distributed,according to GPE .
GPE’s replenishment conference will take place in early 2018. The replenishment hopes to reverse the trend of declining aid for education and seeks new funds to continue to increase access to and improve education around the world.
And Michael and Julia are still there - mates for mates.