Friday, 22 February 2013

Happy World Thinking Day!

At Brownies.
February 22nd marks World Thinking Day amongst all those involved in Guiding and Scouting around the globe. It's actually the birthday of both Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, the founders of the Scouting and Guiding movements, and it is a day where groups all over the world think about their "brothers" and "sisters" within the two movements. This year's themes were "Together we can save children's lives" and "Every mother's life and health is precious". 

This links with another campaign that has been running throughout February, and I think it links in very well with this year's Thinking Day themes, and therefore a good time to write about it.

Spare a rose, Save a child - Life for a Child.

This concept is genius, in my opinion! All that was asked of people this Valentine's Day was to buy one less rose for their loved one and donate the cost of that rose to this cause to help supply children less well-off with insulin. So simple, yet so great! Diabetes can affect anyone and we all know that without appropriate treatment, particularly in type 1 diabetics, the consequences are fatal. Being from the UK means I have access to the NHS, a free healthcare system, and having type 1 diabetes also means that I get free prescriptions, so I don't pay a penny for my insulin, needles, test strips etc. Yes, there are problems with the NHS, but nonetheless, it grants me access to free healthcare, something I am very grateful for. 

All the money raised from this campaign goes straight to Life for a Child, a charity linked with the International Diabetes Federation, and all money donated goes towards providing children with insulin, blood testing kits and education programmes to help them live life with diabetes. 

A worthy cause if you ask me!

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