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Day 202: What Number Will You Be to Save 4 Million Children?

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I was number 68,194. I decided to become part of a large voice to help create change on our world. What will you do to save the children?

Day 202: Give 202

When you get an email in your inbox with the title “Save 4 Million Children’s Live in 5 Years” and it’s sent by the ONE Campaign you just can’t delete it without taking some kind of action. Last week I did a feature post on National Volunteer Week who’s tag line is “Passion. Action. Impact.” The letter that was sent to me by the ONE Campaign incorporates all of these things for me.

I have a passion for helping children in need.
I want to take action to help.
My actions will make an impact and a collective impact can create change in the world.

The ONE Campaign does things a little differently to create change other than just asking for a donation. The impact they are having is remarkable: (quoted directly from the ONE Campaign site)

ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.”

Here’s the letter I got in my inbox. I am now putting it into yours so you can decide if this is something you would like to do to give today. My signature was number 68,194 and their goal is 100,000 signatures.

Dear Jacqueline,

I recently found out that we could save 4 million kids’ lives in the next 5 years. How? With 2 new vaccines that could drastically reduce child deaths in poor countries from 2 diseases, which cause pneumonia and diarrhoea.

However, it’s one thing having these vaccines available; it’s another getting them safely to the places where they are needed. That’s where you come in. In a few weeks world leaders are meeting to decide how much they will pledge to support the roll out of these vaccines in developing countries.

You can help protect children for a lifetime by adding your name to our petition here:

Our petition reads:

Dear World Leaders,

Childhood vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives and prevent disease for a lifetime. Please fund two proven, new vaccines that will help stop pneumonia and diarrhoea—two of the biggest killers of children in poor countries.

Nearly 1 out of 3 child deaths is caused by these two diseases. But they don’t only kill, they also make children ill. Fewer sick kids means more time in school, less strain on health services, and healthier future generations.

Add your name and urge world leaders to help put an end to these two deadly diseases.

Vaccines are often called a “best buy” in public health as they are cost effective, provide a life time of protection and save millions of lives. For example between 2000 an 2009 5.4 million child deaths have been averted because of effective immunisations.

If enough of us come together and sign this petition we can add to this success and give children in a fighting chance.

Thanks for all you do,
Stuart McWilliam,

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Jacqueline Way
Jacqueline Way
My dream is to inspire people around the world – young and old – to make a better, happier world for everyone. As a family we have come to learn through our own daily giving practice that if we all do one small thing to give every day – together we will be the change the world needs.

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