I am a bit wordless as I try to write this post. Much as I was speechless when the email came in which has prompted it. My life has shifted up a gear over the last two weeks and to those of you who have commented on my distraction I can only apologise, I ‘ve had a few things on my mind!
At half term I shall be flying to Mozambique with Save the Children. I haven’t left my own children for more than two nights in the last 15 years. I haven’t flown at all in those 15 years. I am a home bird but the call from Save the Children is one I cannot ignore, one I will shift mountains to answer, one that I will spring out of my comfort zone for.
I am going to help make some noise ahead of the global vaccines summit which is being hosted by David Cameron in London in June. Currently one in five children worldwide do not receive vaccinations of any kind. This leaves them vulnerable to potentially life threatening diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles. To me, that is just not right.
I will be following a vaccine from the city along ‘the cold chain’ to a rural community. It had never crossed my mind that vaccines need to be kept cold in challenging circumstances and I will be seeing how that is achieved when you have no access to a national grid and electrical sockets are few and far between.
I am writing this piece on Sunday night to post tomorrow after I have attended a meeting in London gathering together many of the people involved in this project and discussing how we are going to get our voices heard. I will be asking for help across the parent blogger community and beyond to stand up for these children and to give them a chance at life.
My heart has been beating like a drum and my brain on over drive ever since the email landed in my in box on 27th April as I was cooking the children’s tea. Life changes in a heartbeat. I have been given an amazing opportunity to make a difference.
I told Bonus Boy I was hoping to save some children’s lives. He asked if I was a superhero and was disappointed that I have no obvious super powers. I may wear my pants on the outside of my trousers, just once for him before I fly away.
I am counting on your support all my lovely blogging, Twitter, Facebook and ‘real life’ friends. Watch this space for my call to arms and how you can help. There will be lots of ways for you to get involved and when I know more…you’ll be the first to know! The hashtag on Twitter will be #passiton. Pass It On!
This is a hugely positive campaign to be involved in, we can make a very real difference. I am VERY excited!
Now, I’m off to look for some big pants!