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!