I’m honored to be a part of Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015 – a month-long blog relay—including some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions who are coming together to share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world.
1 COMMENT AND/OR 1 SOCIAL MEDIA SHARE OF THIS POST = 1 VACCINE PROVIDED TO A CHILD IN NEED!
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”.
Does this quote inspire you like it inspires me?
I have always been a dreamer. Growing up my father’s favorite motto was always carpe diem “Seize the day!” and whenever I was in doubt about what direction to follow in my life, I remembered his words of wisdom.
Just one month ago, I fulfilled a 15-year dream of summiting Mount Kilimanjaro with a multi-generational, international team, in honor of Solar Sister’s five-year anniversary of providing clean energy and women’s empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa. I had many bumps along the way such as a bad hip injury, a swollen leg, and weeks without my kids. Yet I persevered and achieved my goals of not only reaching the top but raising enough funds to train 8 new Solar Sister Entrepreneurs in Africa, all the while hoping that someday my children would understand why I do what I do.
The trip to Tanzania was one of many I’ve taken in the last ten years to play my part in promoting change and giving back to those around the world. If I had one piece of advice I’d like to instill upon my children it is to dream big and go for it. Now more than other time in our lifetime, there are unimaginable opportunities that allow pretty much anyone to change the world and make a difference. All you have to do is have a passion, lots of grit and never ever give up in chasing your dreams.
About four years after I had quietly started my blog, a door opened for me that has afforded me many life-changing experiences and opportunities to make a difference. I was invited to attend the inaugural United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Champion training where I learned about the power of vaccines to save a child’s life. It stunned me when I learned that every 20 seconds a child in the developing world dies from a vaccine-preventable death. Yet what amazed me more was the fact that it is something that can be changed.
I went home armed with knowledge and passion on how to advocate for global vaccines. I threw fundraising parties, I met with my member of Congress both here in Minnesota and on Capital Hill, and most importantly, I used my voice to educate my readers on the importance of vaccines and global health.
What I’ve realized throughout it all, is how simple it can be to give back and make a difference in the world. With Blogust, you can too. A comment or a share of this post via social media provides one vaccine to a child who needs it most. You will be part of the change and help a child fulfill their dreams and live to see their own firsts.
How it works:
Please comment or share this post via social media (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram) and one vaccine will be donated to a child in need around the world (up to 50,000).
Need some inspiration in commenting?
- What quote inspires you?
- What are you dreams and aspirations for the future?
- Even just saying “hi” is enough to provide one vaccine!
Why does this matter?
Although I’ve written dozens of posts about why global vaccines matter (if you want to read them all, click here), I’m leaving you with a few basic facts.
Every 20 seconds a child dies from a vaccine-preventable death. Yet we can change this tragic reality. We know that 1 in 5 children in the developing world do not have access to life-saving vaccines. Yet we have the tools and resources to prevent 1.5 million deaths each year – the equivalent to the number of children entering kindergarten in the US each year – by providing vaccines. For the mere cost of a week’s worth of coffee – $20 – you can give a child a lifetime of immunity from a deadly disease and save a life. It is easy. Simple. And it saves lives.
Your voice, your time and your support can change a child’s life forever.