In February of 2013 I joined over 100 Shot@Life Champions in Washington, DC, where we were given the training and tools needed to help advocate for global health. To lend our voices to global mothers everywhere, we had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and ask them to please help fund Global Health initiatives.
And, this month the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign is providing a really easy way for everyone to provide a vaccine a day for a child who needs it most, just by commenting on a post, through their 3rd annual “Blogust” , an online writing initiative!
What is Shot@Life?
Did you know that every 20 seconds a child dies of a vaccine preventable disease?
That adds up to approximately 1.5 million children in developing countries dying every year of vaccine preventable diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia, measles and polio.
In developing countries, some mothers walk 15 miles carrying their babies, for the opportunity to get their child vaccinated. Imagine walking 15 miles.
I live in the United States, New Jersey to be exact, and my children are lucky enough to receive their vaccinations according to the recommended schedule. I put my children in my SUV, buckle them into their car seats and off we go to the pediatrician. This was something I considered the norm and took for granted until I was introduced to Shot@Life. A campaign of the United Nations Foundations, Shot@Life is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines where they are most needed.
I left Washington, D.C. with a life mission to do my part to raise awareness for the need for global vaccines. I want to help children in developing countries reach all the same wonderful milestones as my own children. To ensure they grow old enough to ride a bicycle, play hide & seek and learn to read. This month there is a very easy way to use nothing but your computer keys to support the movement!
How Can You Help & What is Blogust?
Shot@Life is hosting their third annual “Blogust”, a month-long digital dialogue bringing 31 online writers together to help change the world through their words. These writers are new to the movement and each will post each day for the month of August 2013. Every comment they receive on their posts throughout the month will trigger a donation by Walgreens to provide a vaccine for a child in need around the world.
This gives you the power to make a difference by using your words. It’s very simple.
All you have to do is click this link to find the daily post http://www.shotatlife.org/blogust/ and comment to help save a child’s life! Easy, peasy.
One Comment = One Vaccine
This is an original post to World Moms Blog by Sarah Hughes of New Jersey, USA, author of “Finnegan and the Hughes.” Sarah has joined World Moms blog as an editor and handles new contributions from our contribute2[at]worldmomsblog[dot]com account. Are you interested in contributing to World Moms Blog? Email Sarah!
Photo credits to the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.