Good times

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It’s been a manic but really good week for me and the best bit is yet to come. It’s my best mate’s big day tomorrow and I haven’t quite finished my speech, so this post’s going to be short and snappy – maybe that’s what I should do with said bit of public speaking, thinking about it. Anyway…

Most of my working week had been taken up by something that felt really important and it was fantastic to be a part of. The UN General Assembly took place this week and we – by ‘we’ I mean my employers, Sightsavers – had representatives at the UN headquarters in New York.

They were campaigning for people with disabilities to be included in the post-2015 agenda when the Millennium Development Goals expire.

For anyone who doesn’t know much about this – and I didn’t before I started work at Sightsavers – these goals are a set of measures aimed at eradicating extreme poverty by 2015.

Until now though, no reference had been made to the one billion disabled people in developing countries – a ridiculous oversight – which is why we were campaigning. I got to do loads of copy writing, editing, social media and video editing which was brilliant and, even though I was doing my bit from the office in Haywards Heath, I actually felt like I was helping to make a difference. It felt wonderful.

And from one development charity to another; my friends at ActionAid got in touch to ask if I could help promote their Rebuild campaign – only too happy to do so! The campaign is based on the fact that many modern-day conflicts last the length of an entire childhood.

Children can be psychologically traumatised, which is where ActionAid’s child sponsorship programme comes in. It enables the charity to do vital work in war-affected countries, giving children the basics they need such as water, food and an education. A worthy cause, I’m sure you’ll agree.

So a week of doing good – I hope I’ll continue that tomorrow with my speech – wish me luck!

  • Helen
    September 27, 2013

    Sounds like a thoroughly worthwhile feel good week – how brilliant to part of such a campaign and really contribute. Very best of luck with the speech.

    • Tom
      September 30, 2013

      Thanks Helen! It was indeed a great week and that continued with the weekend. I got laughs in the speech, so I guess I did okay!

  • Jaime Oliver
    September 27, 2013

    Have an amazing day tomorrow and i hope your speech goes down well x

    • Tom
      September 30, 2013

      Thank you! Everyone had a great time and I blagged my way through the speech. Job done!

    September 30, 2013

    Great causes to be supporting and hope the big day supporting your best mate’s big day was just as great!

    • Tom
      September 30, 2013

      Yes, I think so too. 🙂 His big day was awesome thank you – really chuffed to have played a small part in the day.

  • Laura (Chez Mummy)
    October 2, 2013

    Although we regularly hear about the awful conditions and malnourishment that extreme poverty leads to for so many people in the developing world, I hadn’t really given much thought to the fact that there will be disabled people living in those condition who need extra support. It’s great to hear that you’re getting so involved in some very worthwhile campaigns.

    And I hope your speech went well too 🙂

    • Tom
      October 2, 2013

      Thanks and thanks, Laura! It was great feeling like I was making a difference and the speech went well too. 🙂

  • Iris Tilley
    June 11, 2016

    I bet you had them all smiling with your wit

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