This weekend the In My Name campaign will attemp to break the World Record for the largest coordinated movement of people in history. You can help them break this record by adding your name between 17 and 19 October to the list of people who ask their governments to deliver on their promises and act now to reach the millennium goals set in 2000. The list already has people like Will.I.Am, Scarlett Johansson, Kristin Davis, Mary Robinson and me. So you’ll be in good company. If you’re looking for a good reason to sign your name, watch the clip, or visit the In My Name or Millennium Development Goals websites.
On one of my daily commutes I recently made a friend. Just for the duration of the metro-sharing between my stops, but we had some fun in the crowds. My friend was a kid, and we played a game of peek-a-boo for as far it was possible. It was a nice little fellow of African descent, travelling with his father. I connect well with children, and have a weak spot for them. The way they can look into the world, with big bright eyes and without prejudice. Too vurnerable to be left unprotected, and in bad situations always the first, and often the only victims.
Although my friend and his father didn’t look very wealthy, the little guy obviously felt safe with his protecting father. There are many kids in the world, victimised by wars, poverty and lack of education, who are not as lucky as my little friend or me. And although the world’s governments have pledged to protect these children, for instance by setting the Millennium Development Goals, fortunately there are also other opportunities run by businesses and other non governmental parties. One of these is The World Challenge. An initiative by BBC World News and Newsweek, in which projects compete for a funding of 20,000 Dollar, or two runner-up prices of 10,000 Dollar. Check out the website to vote for the project you think is worth winning one of these prices. My vote went to the Hawkers Market Girl Center project.