If you only take part in one blog meme this year – let this be it. If you don’t blog then please please read this post and then sign the petition linked later on anyway – every single name counts and YOU could make the difference between life and death for children out in developing countries and it won’t cost you anything other than a couple of minutes.
Back in January Save The Children launched their ‘Born To’ campaign to raise awareness that no child should be born to die.
They released the horrifying statistic that 8 million children under the age of 5 die every year from treatable or preventable illness like pneumonia and diarrhoea. 8 million – that’s an almost unimaginable number and it scares me.
On June 13th David Cameron will be hosting a significant conference in London attended by world leaders. This meeting marks the chance to ensure the funding shortfall for vaccinations (4.7 billion) is met by all the donor countries. That sounds a lot but it is easily achievable, even in the current economic climate. It will just take some commitment from those in power and it has the potential to save those millions of lives.
Please SIGN THE PETITION which Save The Children will present at this global vaccine summit – every name counts.
Save the Children are taking three bloggers/vloggers to Mozambique to follow the journey of a vaccine from the coldstore in the city right down to a rural community. They will write, make films and tweet about their experiences, the children and families they meet and the challenges of “cold” vaccinations in hot countries.
The bloggers are: Lindsay Atkin (@Liliesarelike), Chris Mosler (@christinemosler) and Tracey Cheetham (@tchee). You’ll be able to follow all of their journey on Twitter using the hashtag #passiton, as well as through exciting content on other social media channels.
As for us Bloggers – we’re spreading the word with this meme. Our children are lucky, they are warm and well fed, they get their inoculations free of charge (Arthur had some only yesterday – he is grumpy today but will be glad of it in the future) and if they get sick we can just take the to the nearest doctor or hospital and know they will get treated.
What better way to raise awareness for Save The Children than by including our own children? So our challenge is to get our little ones to draw a self-portait of themselves either of now or how they think they will be in the future.
Now Tori isn’t even two yet so her drawing skills are mostly scribble but we have been practising circles so with a bit of teamwork Tori drew this picture of herself:
Now I’m going to #passiton to some fellow bloggers and if you aren’t tagged but want to do it – go ahead. The more people signed up the better!! Once you do your post pop over HERE and link up your post so we can all share and see. Also, if you don’t have a Small of your own why not borrow one?! Or see if you can dig out an old picture you drew when you were younger, or draw a new one. And if you don’t blog? Post a picture on Facebook with a link to the petition or Tweet it if you’re on Twitter. Spread the word!
I tag (though I suspect some may have already done it…):
PASS IT ON!
(Thanks for the tag Wendy!)