donating is the new black
marys living & giving
i was on my way through east dulwich today, when i spotted this little beauty on a wall. isn’t he glorious. there was a calling card at the bottom any surface it said. i looked it up when i got home, and it turns out that it is a london based creative agency, which hosts a multi skilled team of artists, designers, painters and illustrators. they create bespoke artwork both commercially and privately. i don’t know who the artist is, but i’m going to find out as i love it. i think it must be the same person of what i spotted the other week too. we have a very large white wall at the front of our house, could we be brave enough? what would the neighbours say?
i know i know i haven’t given you enough warning but did you know that tomorrow is save the children’s christmas jumper day? yes i know fabulous isn’t it.
save the children are calling on all across the country to don their favourite wooly christmas knit of splendor in exchange for a £1 donation (or more) to raise money for its life saving work with children all over the world.
joining in couldn’t be simpler.
anniversaries are normally a time for celebration. a time of rejoice and happiness. this is nothing to celebrate.
the 15th march 2013 marks a two-year anniversary. two years since the start of the uprising in syria. two years in which the children of syria children have endured appalling suffering. the children’s plight is hidden within this conflict and this needs to end, it HAS to end. we all need to act quickly and we need to act NOW.
so 15 days after my due date i was summoned to the hospital, 7.30 in the morning we left the house and
walked waddled the short distance round the corner to the hospital. once at the hospital i was promptly induced. i had hoped for a water birth and was pleased to hear that the birthing pool was free, however i was never to use it. the gas and air, was hopeless as i experienced minor panic attacks as i found it hard exhale. oliver on the other hand was enjoying it on the sly when no one was looking! i had tried to breathe my way through most of the contractions but i was struggling and getting tired. it was clear that the pethidine was pointless and so after 15 hours of labour i requested an epidural. i was exhausted and i really couldn’t manage the pain by myself anymore. the main problem was that i seemed to be stuck. i had dilated, but i had stopped at 7cm and i wasn’t going anywhere fast. my waters refused to break and it eventually took 3 attempts to break them!
today my saturday was dedicated to getting a greater understanding on how i can use something that i do a hobby to help babies and families in places far from my own home and in far far less fortunate situations than my own.
i took away many things from the day, including new friends. i have shortlisted the main points & issues that made me stop and think about how very very lucky me and my family are.
the main cause of death is because access to even just basic healthcare is hugely limited. for those living in rural areas it will often be a 6 hours gruelling journey to reach their nearest clinic. because of this, huge numbers of babies are dying, and at outrageous levels and mainly from highly preventable and treatable conditions such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.
save the children are looking to raise £1m to build 7 life changing clinics in the remote north-east parts of bangladesh, baniachong and ajmeriganj.
so what can we do?
if you have 1 minute, why not text BRICK to 70008 and donate £5 or text XVRL71 £1 to 70070 and donate £1 and help save the children and blog it for babies launch their bangladesh clinic appeal
if you have 2 minutes, why don’t you sign the save the children break the chains of hunger chain letter to david cameron. at the g8 summit in may, there is an opportunity to free millions of children in this world from a life of hunger.
if you have a blog use it, and blog it for babies. a genius campaign from the mother of all bloggers mammasaurus, who will be bringing the digital campaign to the real world by travelling up, down and across the country, bringing like-minded bloggers together to raise awareness and essential cash to build these much-needed clinics. you can read all about the campaign, the events and the schedule here.
if you can bake, and have a favourite cup cake recipe why not submit it to bake it for babies. we are working on pulling together bloggers favourite recipes, and making a book. the truly amazing doodle mum has offered her wonderful services to help illustrate. the book will be sold to raise funds for the build it for babies cause.
other ways to help?
share it, blog about it, re-blog it, tweet about it, retweet it, post about it on face book, tumblr, stumble upon, google+ get the message out as far as we can. and if you have any super fantastic ideas on how we can get message out to further please care to share them.
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