Started in January the campaign seeks to highlight that every year 8 million children under 5 die from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. This is a shocking statistic that I had no idea about and, frankly, it’s criminal when these types of conditions are treated so frequently and effectively in the developed world. David Cameron will host the Vaccine and Immunisation Conference in London on June 13th and we have the chance to try and persuade world leaders to save 4 million lives in 4 hours.
I’ve just signed the petition and am happy to pledge my support – it takes five minutes and costs nothing so I would urge you to do the same. The petition asks world leaders to fill the funding shortfall for vaccinations (approx 4.7 Billion)
At the moment, three UK mummy bloggers are in Mozambique to see first hand how vaccines are stored and distributed to those in need of them and they are tweeting and blogging about what they are seeing. You can follow their experiences on Twitter by following Lindsay Atkin (@Liliesarelike), Chris Mosler (@christinemosler) and Tracey Cheetham (@tchee) or using the hashtag #PassItOn.
Biggest Boy isn’t really old enough to understand about this, but I have included some of his art work below and, hopefully, as he gets older we can discuss this more.
Your challenge now is:
1) Get your child to either draw or craft a self portrait of themselves now or in the future. Check out Red Ted Art’s self portrait tips to get the littlies interested! even a simple circle with dots and lines is sufficient for us!!!
3) Sign the Save the Children petition and then pass it onto your friends
4) Write a blog post about it as soon as possible, including info about Save the Children and the petition. We want as many people linked up AND signed up the petition by Sunday 29th May 2011
5) Tag some fellow blogger friends
6) Come back and link up your posts, so we can all share your craftiness
7) If you have time, visit each other posts and say hello!
And don’t forget to follow all the action in Mozambique on Twitter using the hashtag #PassItOn.
I won’t tag anyone specifically, but issue an open invitation to anyone who wants to take part to do so – but even if you don’t want to take part, please sign the petition!!