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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Save the children pass it on

I have just been at Thinly Spread reading about Christine's experiences in Africa.  She followed a vaccine all the way there, to raise awareness of the funding shortfall for vaccinations in developing countries.  Her pictures are so inspiring. 

Seeing Christine and Save the Children deliver a vaccine to a young girl, at a health centre under a tree and seeing babies being weighed, immediately resonated with me as a mother.  It swiftly silenced my internal witterings, my frustrations with our suburban existence. I am so lucky to have a health centre full of vaccines just a two minute walk from my house.

My 4 yo drew this picture on the iPad.  It represents her excitement about going to school in September, about learning, and filling her head with thoughts for the future.  Its sad to think how many futures are wasted due to something as simple as a vaccination. 

Please Sign this petition before June 13th, it takes a minute if that.  And if you are a blogger reading this, consider yourself tagged, see below.

Here is some more explanation of the campaign by Josie from Sleep is for the Weak:

Save the Children’s most ambitious campaign to date [is to] bring into focus the fact that 8 million children a year are still dying from preventable diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea.For the next few weeks the No Child Born to Die campaign  is shifting its focus on to vaccination programmes in developing countries and we need YOUR help to make some noise.
In June, David Cameron is hosting a hugely 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 – it might sound a lot but this easily achievable, even in the current economic climate. It just takes commitment from those in power and holds the potential to save the lives of millions of children.
I have been tagged by helloitsgemma and Kate Takes 5, I was ill and went on holiday so if you are reading this hurry up and sign the petition before June 13th.  I'm tagging 8 more bloggers to join in via Twitter. 

1) Get your child to either draw or craft a self-portrait of themselves now or in the future, perhaps imagining what they will look like or what they might do
2) Sign the Save the Children petition and share news of it with your friends.
3) Come back and join the linky on Josie’s Sleep is for the Weak blog or over at Red Ted Art.
4) Tag 8 bloggers to do the same.

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At 9 June 2011 at 23:00 , Blogger SusanKMann said...

Aww what a great picture. My oldest starts school in August. x

At 10 June 2011 at 07:33 , Anonymous Honest Mum said...

What an amazing cause and reading about Thinly Spread's experiences is very moving and inspiring. Will be blogging to raise awareness on this asap. Petition signed. Thank you.

At 10 June 2011 at 09:45 , Blogger Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

Hope you are feeling better now and your daughter is a great artist! This is such an incredible campaign and I really hope it gets results x

At 10 June 2011 at 21:03 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Thanks Susan, we will have to keep in touch x
Honest Mummy - you are just what it says on the tin my lovely x
Sarah - Much better thanks. Lovely to hear from you, me too! x


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