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Thursday, 10 November 2011

My Moral Compass Little Legacy 18

My good friend T advised me recently, when I felt lost, to think of what my mum would have done, to have her as my moral compass.  

UNICEF is a cause that meant a great deal to my mum.  Recently I went to their offices in London to learn more about the campaign to vaccinate against maternal and newborn tetanus. It was an inspiring day, and resonated with me hugely because I heard so much of it with my mum's passion for UNICEF in mind. 

One of the most poignant parts for me was hearing about Cifora Monier, a second generation UNICEF Communication Specialist, who despite being a mother herself, doesn't know how not to spend months at a time helping in some of the world's war and famine torn zones, because that's what her father did. 

I also had a UNICEF legacy passed down, a rather smaller one, but it made a big impression. I want to carry on a little legacy of giving to UNICEF.  Mum did it by buying UNICEF's beautiful cards and gifts, by monthly direct debit and by joining campaigns.  It means a lot to me to also be able to dedicate blog space to UNICEF.  

Hearing the word mum said lots, seeing pictures of mothers and babies, Dad telling me it was important I went. All this has meant I have been into another one of those vortexes where every time I tried to write this post it wouldn't be written.  Until today.

Did you know UNICEF vaccinate half the world's population in some of the world's most remote locations?  That they are on track to eradicate maternal and newborn tetanus?  That alone amazed me.

What's made it possible for UNICEF to reach some of the world's most remote communities? Corporate sponsors. For example, Pampers funding has enabled UNICEF to help protect 100 million women and their babies in 26 of the world’s poorest countries.  But it's more than that, with corporate sponsors UNICEF can afford to spread their message to supporters globally.  

Here are four easy ways you can help me make a difference.  I've thought about my moral compass, what would Mum have done?  I think she would have gone for option 3, she brought us up in cloth nappies, but was a big Miffy fan and she loved reading stories.

·         Make a difference by choosing the specially marked pack of Pampers –  1 pack = 1 vaccine
·         To connect with other mums, simply “like” the Pampers Facebook page –  1 like = 1 vaccine
·         For all the Miffy fans out there, go to the Pampers Village website and personalise your very own Miffy book for your little one –  1 read = 1 vaccine
·         Download the free Pampers Out and About App and find baby friendly locations in your area  – 1 download = 1 vaccine

Thank you.

Little legacy is a remembrance project , a positive and creative space, to celebrate small things handed down by predecessors. Feel free to link up a little legacy if you've been thinking about something or someone important this week, or leave one in the comments. Here's the code and here's more on Little Legacy

Photo - A woman and her baby in Papua, Western Indonesia. Credit- Josh Estey

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At 10 November 2011 at 12:31 , Blogger Here come the girls said...

That Miffy book is so sweet and for such a good cause. I will share it with Molly when she gets home.

At 10 November 2011 at 13:16 , Blogger Mel said...

What an awesome cause. I love getting to know your mom through your writing - she sounds like such an amazing person!

At 11 November 2011 at 06:28 , Anonymous Honest Mum said...

Such a moving post. Wonderful you are carrying on your Mother's legacy through this wonderful charity. Pampers all the way for me.

At 11 November 2011 at 10:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great cause. You have made me think which is always a good thing. Have various ideas for Little Legacy and when I fix on one I will link it up.
You keep being you and creating a legacy all of your own

At 15 November 2011 at 00:03 , Blogger Honiebuk said...

That they are on track to eradicate maternal and newborn tetanus? That alone amazed me.

Yes it is - amazing!

A fantastic blog post! And, the word 'Mum' for me rings lots of feelings of emotion - perhaps the most emotional posts I have written are about my Mum. I miss her. Everthing about the word Mum is just so right.

At 15 November 2011 at 13:35 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Here comes the girls, it went down well in this house because it's animation, it's like a mini TV show!

At 15 November 2011 at 13:36 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Mel, thanks so much, your support is wonderful x

At 15 November 2011 at 13:37 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Honest Mum - thanks lovely x

At 15 November 2011 at 13:39 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Kate - you always help me see things clearer too :)

At 15 November 2011 at 13:40 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Honiebuk - it's amazing isn't it. So sorry to hear of your loss too. You're right Mum is such a powerful word :)


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