April 24, 2016 is the start of World Immunization Week 2016, a week when WHO and other global health advocates highlight recent gains in immunization coverage, and focus on further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020.
On Saturday, April 30, 2016, I will be hosting a FUNdraiser at Nuberri on Blairstone Road here in Tallahassee. Nuberri is donating 25% of the pre-tax amount of the checks for any customers who mention Shot at Life!
Having participated in three Shot at Life Champion summits, a Social Good summit, and other immunization-related trainings, I am well aware that the process of getting a vaccine to a child in a developing country is not as simple as, say, pulling down on a pump and getting a delicious cup of frozen yogurt. Still, there are similarities:
Immunizations: The need is clear. One child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease.
Yogurt: Well, OKAY – this is a want not a need but … FROZEN YOGURT PEOPLE!
Immunizations: Planning is paramount in order to have the right vaccinations, in the right amount, at the right time.
Yogurt: A business has to plan in advance for what people are going to choose and when they are going to choose it.
Immunizations: The process of manufacturing vaccines for developing countries involves a dizzying array of details.
Yogurt: That deliciousness doesn’t happen magically. Someone has to mix up the components of the tasty treats!
Immunizations: Many vaccines must be stored at cool temperatures in order to remain viable. This is not simple.
Yogurt: It’s called FROZEN yogurt for a reason! You have to chill it to keep it refreshing!
Immunizations: Finally! With immunizations, children are more likely to make it to their 5th birthdays!
Yogurt: Nom nom. All that work pays off as we share sweet desserts and sweet time with friends!
More About April 30
I think we would all agree it’s easier to get a cup full of delicious frozen yogurt than it is to get a rotavirus vaccine to a child in Pakistan, but with the April 30 Share Day you can do both, thanks to the generosity of Nuberri Blairstone Road. They are donating 25% of the proceeds from that day for anyone who mentions Shot at Life to help children around the world have access to immunizations! How cool is that?!
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Nuberri, 101 North Blairstone Road (in the Governor’s Crossing shopping center)
To Help Shot at Life: Mention Shot at Life at checkout. You will be asked to sign your receipt.
If you want to participate but can’t make it: You’ll be missed! Please feel free to donate by clicking here.
I’m giving a $10 giftcard to Nuberri to one of my readers. Use it at the Share Day or use it whenever!
Note: For winners who do not have access to Nuberri, I will donate $10 to Shot at Life in your name instead.
I have the good fortune to live in a place where it is as simple for me to ensure my children have necessary immunizations as it is to indulge in a delicious frozen yogurt treat. Millions of mothers worldwide are not so fortunate.
That’s why, this World Immunization Week (and year-round), I am using my voice to make Need * Plan * Make * Chill * Serve apply to more than yogurt. It’s also about giving children around the world a Shot at Life!
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