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Going GREEN: Official Launch of Shot@Life movement

Me and some of my good friends who helped me organize the event. 

It’s been a huge week.  This week is the United Nations’s first ever Global Immunization Week and today in Atlanta, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program was officially launched.   Talk about a lot of milestones reached!  What a huge success for the world’s children who do not have access to the vaccines that keep them alive.

Last night, I finally had my own Shot@Life party here at my home in Minneapolis.  I had been planning this event for months and finally it had arrived.  I worked all day long getting the house decorated, cleaned and ready for the big occasion.  I was exhausted before it even began.  The initial guest list was 100 women in the community and about 20 came.  No matter!  We had a blast and together we raised $811 for Shot@Life in one night!  This means that  we have made enough funds to vaccinate 40 children for life!

Before the party, I also had received $340 as donations from friends who weren’t able to come, bringing the total up to $1,451 raised for Shot@Life!  I am beyond thrilled!

Thus far, we are providing enough funds to vaccinate 72 CHILDREN!!!! And I haven’t even included my donation yet or other donations that I am hoping are coming soon!

The night was a huge success and a ton of fun!  Thankfully the weather held and it was a gorgeous Spring evening here with the lilacs in full bloom sweeping their lovely scent into my home.  Everyone was in great spirits and everyone was a great supporter of Shot@Life.  Perhaps because we are all moms, we all understand the importance of each child having a shot@life.  A shot of reaching more of those amazing milestones that makes parenting the toughest job you’ll ever love.  Each one of us would do anything for our children.  We know as mothers we are all the same.  We all love our children and would do anything to keep them safe.  That is why we support Shot@Life.

Here are some photos from our night of celebration, raising money and saving lives for Shot@Life.

My kids helped me decorate our sidewalk with chalk to welcome our guests.  

I decorated my front door and house with Shot@Life pictures, facts and quotes.  

Four of my wonderful friends prepared the desserts in “Shot” sizes.  Here is my dear friend Liz who officially just became a US citizen! (She was born in the UK).  Each dessert was offered for a $3 donation.  

Some of the decorations I put up around the house. 

Our walls just happened to be painted green!  Lucky chance!

Below is a spread of the “shots”.  In the kitchen area, we also had the drink shots of wine.  Those sold for a $6 donation.  

We drank, ate, and talked about how lucky we are to live in a country where we have access to life-saving vaccines.  I showed everyone the Shot@Life video which always makes me cry.  It was a wonderful night of caring and happiness.  I didn’t get to bed until midnight and was completely wiped out.  But I slept well knowing that at least we helped save some children’s lives and made their mothers smile. 

To read more on today’s launch of Shot@Life, please click on these links:

The Vaccine Struggle: How You Can Help

Giving Every Child a Shot at Life

One Woman’s Mission: To Immunize Children Worldwide With the Polio Vaccine

20 comments

  1. Nicole, what a beautiful job you did with this event. This is the first time I’ve heard of this initiative. Can anyone host an event like this? Are there other ways to get involved? I’d love to learn whatever you can share. It seems like such a simple way to make an enormous impact in people’s lives.

    • Jennifer Burden

      Yes, anyone can host an event! Nicole can put you in touch with the UN Foundation. 🙂

      • UCHECHI A EMELOGU

        I challenged by Nicole greet accomplishment, i want to show my concern to this effect.So how do i get in touch with UN Foundation. Thank you.

      • I know that GAVI is the international arm of Shot@Life. I’m not sure yet if they involve others to help spread the word but you can check their website out. They are based in Geneva and are the international global alliance of vaccines.

    • Hi Meghan! SO glad you enjoyed the post and it touched you! I have been working with the UN Foundation since January on Shot@Life (I have 14 posts listed on the blog and there is a summary under the “Shot@Life” page I have for easy access. Anyone can throw a party or event in support of Shot@Life! It is easy, simple and fun!!!!! WE had an amazing night and I’m even hoping to do a walk perhaps. If you are interested in getting involved let me know. I can get you in touch with Caroline at the UN Foundation and she can get you set up. Maybe it would be a fun thing to do when you get back from traveling!!!! Can’t wait o catch up on your blogs!!!! 🙂

  2. Jennifer Burden

    You are AWESOME!! OUTSTANDING!!!! My inspiration!!!! It sounds like the party was a success!!! 72 kids — you made this happen!! I just want to come over and give you a big hug, Nicole! Way to go!

    Jen 🙂

      • WOW!!!!!!! I am so honored! I don’t even know your name either!!!! BUt I know your blog and your supportive comments! THank you so much! I can’t believe how cool that is! A lot of my donations have come through as checks so won’t appear on Crowdrise but as of late I have fundraised about $1600 and I still need to make my contribution. It feels so good!!!! I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and helping this important cause! Nicole P.S. You made my morning! Now I’m off to the Raptor Center on a field trip with my son’s first grade! 🙂

  3. Congratulations Nicole! apologies for doing this backwards 🙂 I would like to get in touch with the UN foundation as well Nicole! Would like to know if I can do my bit here.

    • Wonderful Madhu! The UN Foundation does their piece here in the US and for the international part, they work through their partner GAVI and UNICEF. If you send me your contact info such as email, what city you live in, etc to thirdeyemom@yahoo.com, I can pass it on to my contacts at the UN Foundation and see what we can do. It would be wonderful if you wanted to help out!!!! THere is so much to be done and it really can be as much or as little as you want to spend helping. 🙂

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  5. UCHECHI A EMELOGU

    UCHECHI EMELOGU—LAGOS, NIGERIA.
    Congratulations Nicole! i am challenged, how did you accomplished this greet goal.It is worth emulating.I would like to
    make people in my country and community smile and be happy as you have done.Please can you let me know how to do
    this. A lot is required from me, everyday children are dying due to negligence of what to do and help them out.
    Can i hold an event in Nigeria, to enable me make my contributions to shotatlife for children in my country. please my email—uchechi_nwachukwu@yahoo.co.uk.

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! I agree that a lot of work is needing to be done right now in Nigeria. We are working on it! Unfortunately the advocacy events are currently only in the United States as Shot@Life is based here. Yet rest assured that the money is going to help places like your country.
      You can always try to do something on your own there. Most of the information you need can be found on the Shot@Life website (www.shotatlife.org). Donations can be made there as well. I will do my best as an advocate to help you out! If you are interested in submitting a guest post on my blog to share your story and point of view on the needs of Nigeria I’d love to feature it as well. Let me know. You can email me directly at: thirdeyemom@yahoo.com. Thanks so much and we will do our best over here to help your beautiful children! 🙂 Nicole

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