Focus on good: Save the Children

A young girl takes part in Save the Children's Every One campaign, which advocates for children's rights around the world. (Save the Children)

By Heather Morrison, G20 citizen blogger

heather52.jpgA lot of G8 and G20 discussion has been focused on security budgets and disruption to people's daily lives. One thing to keep in mind, as we complain and gripe about the fencing and closures of Toronto's streets, is that there ARE good, charitable causes being fought for and pushed through at some of these closed-door meetings.

Yesterday, the Save the Children Facebook page caught my eye. Save the Children works to bring immediate and lasting improvements to the lives of children. Its organizers are seeking commitment from Canadians, the Canadian government and the G8/G20 leaders to reduce the number of preventable child deaths 66 per cent by 2015. A key component of the campaign is to convince world leaders to double their current funding for maternal newborn and child health initiatives to develop national policies that reduce preventable child mortality.

David Morley, CEO and president of Save the Children Canada, met with Stephen Harper this week to discuss their initiative and was told that it would be included as a main international development issue during the summit. Save the Children hopes that their growing support on Facebook and Twitter will continue to pressure the leaders to keep their promise and commit solutions and budget towards helping children and mothers worldwide.

It is important to recognize the good causes NGOs and not-for-profits are fighting for and support them in any way possible. In a world where so much focus is placed on money and power, embrace the moments where we can collectively give back and do good. Sign up to support this initiative and hold the leaders to their word.

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