The 17th September brings the second Save the Children Blogger Conference down in London town. It was at the first one back in February that I sat in the audience and listened to Josie, Eva and Sian talk about their trip to Bangladesh, cried when Gareth talked about how Save the Children reacts when the call comes in about the latest emergency and felt my heart racing and my blood coursing.
It was the first Blogger Event I had attended, I had been blogging for less than a year and – while I loved writing about my family, gardening, crafting and cooking – I was becoming aware of the potential impact that blogging and social media have and the possibility of bringing about real change.
This time I shall be talking about my own trip to Mozambique in May for the #PassItOn campaign and the whirlwind of Big Wig meetings and media attention which followed. I shall talk about the impact it has had on my own children and on their friends and I will be helping to run a round table discussion ‘Everything you want to know about blogging but were afraid to ask’ with some very special guests.
Other discussion groups on the day include Using YouTube Effectively, a Film and Photography Workshop (with the, quite frankly, brilliant Rachel Palmer) and Taking Your Blogging to the Next Level.
Save the Children have organised this fantastic free event to thank all of you who helped during the vaccines campaign (and Blogladesh before it) and to give something back to the amazing blogging and vlogging community which turned a few voices into an ear splitting shout.
It will also be an opportunity for all those of you who were blown away by the campaign, and were inspired to ask how you could help to find out about the Health Workers Campaign, to hear about some of the inspirational women on the ground saving lives and what you can do to support them.
I shall be arriving dragging my suitcase behind me as I am flying out to New York following the conference (yes, I am pinching myself, it has been quite a year!) I am going to be a tiny part of the Save the Children team working to ensure that world leaders (including David Cameron) who are meeting at the United Nations General Assembly to assess progress on women and children’s health, are aware of the need for more health workers, better trained, to save children’s lives.
There is a gap of more than 3.5 million health workers worldwide. Health workers and midwives properly trained and supported can save the lives of most mothers and babies – but only if they are there.
Women like Catherine are saving lives, on the ground, in difficult circumstances. We need more women like her to help women just like us. The knock on effect of having well trained health workers working in communities is an improvement in the overall health and well being of those communities. It is a massive positive investment.
Please, sign up for the conference, have a fabulous day out and find out how you can help make a difference. Click on my little activist and she will take you to the sign up page! (She would be coming with me as children are welcome and she is desperate to be involved but, as I am off again, she can’t come this time!)