A year ago I was honored and humbled to be one of 31 bloggers who participated in the inaugural Blogust movement, a first-of-its-kind virtual relay raising awareness and funds for Shot@Life. On August 1, a blogger shared her story of why providing life-saving vaccines for children in developing countries is meaningful to her; the next day, a virtual baton was passed to another blogger who told her story, and so on, for each day of the month. For each comment left on these posts (in the blogging world, “comments are currency”), a donation was made on the commenter’s behalf to Shot@Life, providing vaccines for children who most need them.
My own blog for Blogust last year received more than 600 comments, in one day! That many more children received the vaccines they needed – they were given a shot at all life has to offer! As a Shot@Life Champion, I’m beyond thrilled that Blogust 2013 launches today. Check out the incredible lineup of contributors here.
Vaccines are safe, simple, and one of the most cost-effective ways to save and improve the lives of children worldwide. In some places (like Uganda, where I visited last fall with Shot@Life), mothers walk up to 15 miles just to get vaccines for their children. By commenting on any Blogust post (as often as you like throughout the whole month!) you can help protect a child. Be sure to share Blogust posts on Facebook and Twitter using the #blogust hashtag.
Take Action Challenge: One Comment = One Vaccine
Just like last year, your contribution is crucial to this process. For every comment on the 31 posts in August, Walgreens will donate a vaccine (up to 50,000 vaccines). Sign up here for a daily email so you can quickly and easily comment and share every day during Blogust. Stay connected with Shot@Life at www.shotatlife.org, join the campaign on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Your comment makes all the difference to a child, to a family somewhere in the world. Just a moment of your time will give a child the gift of a shot at a healthy life.