Shot@Life is celebrating our first birthday during World Immunization Week (as in now, from April 24-30). In the first year of its campaign, thanks to the voices and efforts of many, Shot@Life with the help of its partners has helped provided life-saving vaccines to thousands of children around the world, sent more than 26,000 letters to Congress, and grown the movement to more than 190,000 supporters. Those numbers are staggering…but… there is still more to be done.
The Global Vaccine Summit will be starting in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and in partnership with the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Bill Gates co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Summit will endorse the critical role that vaccines and immunization play in saving lives and protecting children for a lifetime. Because there are still children out there, in developing countries, that need a Shot@Life.
Although many on the global stage understand what Shot@Life really means, the teacher in me realized that sometimes we assume every one is on the same page, when in fact, that is not the case. I know what Shot@Life means to me, and my daughter knows what Shot@Life means to her and to other children, and the many passionate Champions that use their voice every day know what it means to them…but what others? I wonder how many people read their recent Costco Connection magazine about vaccines saving lives and connected that work to the work of Shot@Life.
What Shot@Life Means to those around you
- Nicole Morgan of The Sisterhood believes that Shot@Life means counting her blessings and giving back.
- Erin Margolin believes that Shot@Life is about saving lives.
- Leticia Barr believes that it means that every child deserves a chance to make their dreams come true.
- Jen Lovallo feels that every child deserves a chance to change their world.
- Chrysula Winegar sees Shot@Life as a chance. A shot. A hope. It’s not asking us to change children’s choices or destinies or even “fix” them or their countries. It’s simply giving them a chance to do all those things for themselves
- Nat Ayiti believes that Shot@Life is an opportunity to grow up and be somebody
- Jenny Lin thinks that Shot@Life means getting the same opportunities as people more privileged by birth.
- Lyssa Sahadevan believes that we can’t control the rest, this we can do. We can give kids a shot at living their life-whatever that may be!
The truth is that advocating for Shot@Life is a no brainer for me. Kids deserve opportunity. They deserve to have the chance to nurture their strengths. And like Lyssa, I am a firm believer that there are so many things in life that we cannot control…this is one of the things we can do something about.
So…what can you do to support Shot@Life?
1. Learn more. Then….the sky’s the limit.
2. Participate in the Global Mom Relay until May 3rd. Every share of a post, on facebook, twitter, or email, unlocks a donation.
3. Use the (free) Charity Miles app as your run or walk to give back to Shot@Life
3. Tweet your Member of Congress to support global vaccines (go to http://www.tweetcongress.org/ to find their twitter handle). Here are some tweet ideas:
• Did u know 1.5 million kids die a yr from vaccine-preventable diseases? Take action w/me for @shotatlife #getvax
• Please support #globalvaccines & @shotatlife. Together we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds #getvax
4. Participate in the Shot@Life Birthday bash by reading stories about the work of Champions and bloggers that are passionately working to raise awareness about Shot@Life.
5. Become a Champion Shot@Life Champions represent individuals who are dedicating their voice, time, and support to stand up for childhood in developing countries. Champions represent a diverse group of moms, dads, students, and anyone who believes in the importance of vaccines. Champions receive training in media, advocacy, and event planning to become effective ambassadors for Shot@Life.
The question is….what does giving kids a Shot@Life mean to you?