The Covid 19 crisis has had such a profound impact on all our lives. The sense of helplessness as news reports have shown the pandemic spiralling out of control coupled with worry for vulnerable family members and friends has been hard for us all. But vaccines offer the hope of things changing for the better, and supporting the VaccinAid initiative is a real chance to do something proactive in response to the real sense of gratitude I have felt as I and my loved ones receive their vaccines.
Early morning on Saturday 29th May I will be starting to run the Haltwhistle Hundred, which is an event organised by the Northumbria LDWA, to replace their annual 100 mile challenge. Using a barn in Haltwhistle as a base, entrants choose their own route of 100 miles, and I’ll be running various loops ranging in distance from 14 - 25 miles, hoping to complete at some point on Sunday 30th.
Being confined to Durham for the past year has seriously impacted any long distance training (turns out my feet don’t like roads…!), so I don’t know how far I’ll manage, but with the help of a small but very loyal and caring support team, I’ll give it a go and hopefully have a memorable weekend.
We are all in a race against COVID-19. Your support of my challenge would be a valuable contribution to UNICEF’s VaccinAid campaign, which aims to help fund the biggest vaccination drive in history.
UNICEF aims to help fund almost two billion Covid-19 vaccines for health workers (in every country, not just the wealthier ones) and the most high-risk and vulnerable people on our planet., as for life to return to normal, we must protect people against the virus across the entire globe. The money raised will help UNICEF provide tests, medical supplies and oxygen to people in 190 countries around the world through the global COVAX initiative.
COVAX is a ground-breaking global alliance between 191 countries (that’s nearly every country on the planet!).Its aim is simple: ensure every country in the world has fair and equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. COVAX is led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, WHO and CEPI.
As experts in large-scale vaccination initiatives, UNICEF is the only global organisation equipped to deliver an operation of this size. They are the world’s largest vaccine buyer, having more than 70 years’ experience and are on the ground in more than 190 countries. They already help vaccinate almost half the world’s children against preventable diseases, and travel to some of the most remote places on earth to deliver nearly 2 billion doses of life-saving vaccines every year.
Archbishop Justin Welby said “There is no better way to show gratitude for the gifts of science and medicine than making sure vulnerable people around the world are also given a shot”.