Take A Shot!

Saturday, February 4, 2012
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Gandhi

This quote has been finding me. That's right-finding me. In grad school, in my classroom, in Washington DC. It surrounds me. It is flashing brightly almost screaming at the top of its lungs, "HEY YOU! I AM OVER HERE! DO IT!" and so I shall!

I spent the beginning of last week in Washington D.C. with a group of passionate women and men talking about my favorite topic.....children! There were mommies, teachers, doctors, professors, business leaders, bloggers, Mom Congress friends, and more.
What brought us to the nation's capital? The United Nations Foundation. UNF is launching their latest initiative-Shot At Life. I think of myself as a fairly educated global citizen, but this experience has opened my eyes. Did you know...a child dies every 20 seconds from a preventable disease? In 2012, how can this be?
About Shot@Life
Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries.  A national call to action for this global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines.  By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate vaccines, the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life. 

My Takeaway
How lucky are we to live in a country where we have access to the vaccines needed to protect our children? How lucky are we to live in a country with clean drinking water, doctors on every corner, and emergency help that is just a phone call away?

How will I help? I am going to host a Shot@life party and invite my friends to learn more! We will be taking shots (of yummy food!) and toasting a few glasses of wine! N and I are also going to host a "The Perfect Shot" photo playdate with our friends and their little ones. Erin Sonderman Photography will be taking pictures of our kiddos at the park. The photos will then be emailed to our friends. Pictures for a cause-I like it! After all, children need a shot at....playdates and making memories! Look for future posts with all the details! 

I will fight this fight. I will help to vaccinate children in developing countries. I understand the ripple effect this will have on me and the future for T and his friends! I want to give all children a shot at 
........going to school, 
........fighting over homework,
........learning to read, 
........playing with friends, 
........boo boos,
........hugs and kisses from their mommies,
and so much more! 

Learn more about Shot@Life and pledge to join the fight! Sign up on the bottom right hand side. Be the voice! Follow them on FB, too! 

Leave me a comment answering this-What do you want all children to have a shot at

1 comment

  1. Your first comment reminds me of a great idea I heard about from a friend who teaches with low socioeconomic students. On a student's birthday, the student is called to the office to retrieve a box of cake mix and tub of frosting so that he/she can celebrate his/her birthday with family. I love this idea. Of course funds come from pta, donations...etc...but what a great idea! Add some water and bake away! Hard to imagine not having a birthday cake on your birthday! ;-(


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