Friday, February 15, 2013

Have a Heart: Give a Little Love and Water

Image courtesy of VDay
Valentine’s Day had Twitter abuzz with loving sentiments and wishes for a better world. Valentine’s Day is also the VDay – the One Billion Rising Campaign to end violence against women and girls. The global One Billion Rising movement is based on the estimate from the UN that one in three women will be beaten or raped during their lifetime, meaning one billion worldwide. Powerful images of women (and men) in Canada and from far-away – Afghanistan, India, UK, Philippines, Europe, Australia – marching and dancing in solidarity to demand an end to this violence inspired me to “give a little” to the effort. I am a woman with three daughters and I can’t fathom the thought of any of them – or anyone for that matter - being subjected to harm. It must be globally unacceptable.

In my recently acquired health regiment [lifestyle change] I am been slugging back copious amounts of water, supposedly clean water that comes to me effortlessly by simply turning on a tap.  Last week (I’m a little behind in my reporting) I was inspired to support the initiative that works with local partners to find solutions to provide the one billion on the planet who do not have such ready access to clean water – as well as sanitation to the three billion who are without toilets! Next time you are sitting on the throne with toilet paper at your fingertips, try to imagine what life would be like if there wasn't a toilet to be found …
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Have ideas to help me in my weekly quest? Please share!

Read about my weekly Give a Little challenge and other posts. I have to give ongoing props to Wendy Smith for her inspiring book, Give a Little. Consider giving it a read.


  1. Our office at work participated in the One Billion Rising campaign. We striked (I'm not sure what the past tense of strike is, because stroke is definitely not it) and danced in front of our office building and held up signs. It was a great cause!

  2. This is a great idea and I appreciate the book suggestion. The title definitely has me already. When I read this, the thing that came to my mind was of hydraulic fracking. In one of my English college courses last year we had to watch the documentary Gasland. Have you seen it? If you haven't, I recommend it. It's the truth at its finest- at least the man behind the camera builds his credibility well through investigating the issue through obtaining personal testimony from others. After watching it, it made me want to go tell the world what I had learned. It also made me more thankful for the clean water I have.


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