Tuesday was an incredible day, I dragged my slightly hungover ass into London with J to go to an event the Pampers were hosting to launch their 8th year of working with UNICEF. I met up with the lovely Emma of MeTheManAndTheBaby at Liverpool Street and we made our way on over to The Covent Garden Hotel for the event. Once we’d got to the rooms set aside for event I was surrounded by a crowd of Mummy Bloggers, Pampers and UNICEF staff, and Children!
I shuffled into the room as far as I could and the woman nearest me spun around and smiled..
“Hi, I’m Emma!” as she held out her hand
I momentarily paused – EMMA BUNTON – AN ACTUAL SPICE GIRL WAS TALKING TO ME!
“Hi, I’m Kip” I stuttered. “Nice to meet you”
My mind instantly called me a twat for being so starstruck and stuttery. Nevermind.
Pampers had laid on a creche so we could sit and listen to the presentation in ‘peace’ (which was really fab of them!). Thankfully J was captivated by the toys he didn’t notice me slink off to scoff cakes, drink tea and hear about the good work of Pampers and UNICEF.
We were introduced to the 8th year of the “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign that Pampers and UNICEF work on. Put simply, for every specially marked pack of Pampers sold, Pampers will donate the cost of one vaccine to help UNICEF in the fight against Maternal and Newborn Tetanus (MNT). Since 2006, Pampers have donated funds for 300 MILLION tetanus vaccines – that’s just MENTAL! With all these vaccines given, MNT has actually been eliminated in ten countries, and UNICEF want to keep going until it’s been eradicated completely.
There is still a lot of work for UNICEF and Pampers to do, over 58,000 babies a year die from MNT, but it is disease that is easily preventable with the right vaccinations. The “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign is something that is so easy to support, buying nappies for your baby will help a child in some of the poorest areas of the world.
After the presentation there was an exercise where we had to decide what equipment and supplies we’d need to perform vaccinations. Unfortunately, it was as this started that J noticed I was gone, and decided to scream, and scream, so I had to duck out and play with him! I was gutted I missed so much of the activity and presentation afterwards, J was pining for his nap so wouldn’t let me go! I did manage to pop in a few times with J to listen – and he also made Emma a ‘pretend’ cup of tea which she happily accepted.
At the end of the event we all got to have a professional photo taken with her, as J and I stood next to her, he flung his arms out to her to be held, which she happily did, and I love the resulting pic. Emma stopped afterwards for a natter with everyone, and she wasn’t remotely phased by J using her legs as a tunnel as he pushed a toy around the floor, such a lovely lady!
I really enjoyed the event, I knew a little about the “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign, but I had no idea of just how much good it does! For more information on the campaign, take a little look here – also if you watch the video on the page, Pampers will donate one vaccine to UNICEF – cool eh?
Thanks to Pampers for inviting me!