Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Help Save Lives...

I've been concentrated on myself lately that I forgot there were really other things more important and people who needed more help and understanding than I did.

I received an e-mail from the ONE Campaign today asking help to let the G8 members know how important and very much needed their aid is to improve and save the lives of thousands of people in Africa.

A friend sent a similar request from another organization advocating for the same cause. I'm posting the e-mail from Roxane Philson of Please click on the link and do your share to help save lives.


Dear Marilyn,

Yesterday, the Financial Times declared: “G8 leaders ready to backtrack on Africa aid.”

It is inconceivable that the G8 could consider such a reversal, especially in a time when increasing food prices are making it ever more difficult for families to make ends meet. But the final decision hasn’t been made yet, and we have a critical opportunity to influence the outcome.

You—and nearly 40,000 other ONE members—have signed our petition to the G8 calling on them to deliver on their commitments to the world’s poorest people, but in light of this news, we need to redouble our efforts.

Please take urgent action by passing this email along to your friends and encouraging them to sign our petition to the G8:

This potential reversal comes at a time when we are seeing results from investments in development. For example, thanks to distribution of bed nets and increased access to antimalarial drugs, in Rwanda both deaths and cases of malaria have dropped by two-thirds since mid-2006.

As malaria still kills around one million people a year, it’s clear that we must replicate success stories like this. But it won’t happen if the G8 backtrack on their commitments.

Please tell the G8 leaders not to backtrack on aid:

Thank you for taking part,

Roxane Philson,