One year ago I was at a conference and I shared with some individuals my plan for Pretty in the Queen City. I was no longer interested in writing about beauty and fashion as I had done for so many years. My real passion was with travel and philanthropy. Some told me I was insane to do this. Would I make the same amount of money writing about ‘giving back’ as I did about the latest products on the market? Probably not. But, that was irrelevant to me. I wanted to write about what I love. That’s what this is all about.
Shot@Life Champions: Me, Nicole Morgan, Matthew Pope, Ari Adams
During that same conference I was introduced to a lovely blogger named Nicole Morgan. She is a powerhouse in the ‘social good’ circle and she quickly took me under her wing. Months later I was in Washington D.C. participating in my first Shot@Life Summit-an organization I have grown to love and work alongside throughout the year. Shot@Life , a Campaign of the United Nations Foundation, aims to ensure that children around the world have access to life saving vaccines.
South Carolina Shot@Life Champions
A few weeks ago I found out that I had been accepted to visit Africa with Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation. This wasn’t just any trip. This was my dream trip. Africa has long been at the top of my travel bucket list paired with having the opportunity to grasp the culture and the issues that are faced within this area of the world.
I’ve been home only less than a week from this whirlwind of a trip. We spent a week traveling to different areas of Zambia. We met with various UN agencies, partner organizations, and conducted site visits to health clinics, hospitals, and local communities. This allowed us to become more educated in the need for support for global health interventions.
Shot@Life Bloggers with UNICEF Zambia
This is my 3rd international trip in 4 months. It just shows that when you take that leap of faith for what you know you are called to do then you will be given opportunities. If you had of asked me last year would I be here now then I would have most likely laughed. Maybe I didn’t even believe in myself at that point in time.
However, now, there is nothing that could be more clear to me. I am right where I am meant to be.
I am honored by this opportunity. The trip was unlike any other and I’m still processing not only the information I learned but the emotions from the week. I hope you follow along as I share stories of not only those who provide life-saving work but stories of those who have been impacted by the work of Shot@Life and it’s partners.
Our Team Outside a Clinic in Zambia
The federal government has declared a State of Emergency in Louisiana after the worst US Natural Disaster since Hurrice Sandy hit just a few days ago. Over 40,000 homes have been affected. This includes several who work alongside my husband.
You can read about one of the families we helped here – http://prettyinthequeencity.com/2015/10/rising-above-the-water.html
Monetary donations are welcome and will be distributed to families in need in Baton Rouge. Please make sure to specify “Baton Rouge” during Check Out. http://www.activationreact.org/donate/
The following items have been requested as the LA flood victims begin putting their lives back together. If you can help in any way-please send me a message. I will arrange pick up of items in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas.
Paper Towels/Hand Towels
Dust mask (rated for mold spores)
Pump up sprayer
Multipurpose Tools- hand tools (screwdrivers, pliers,hammers,drills, nails,screws) duct tape, electrical tape, masking tape.
Rain gear, ponchos,umbrellas, sun hats, rubber boots.
Flashlights and batteries
Battery powered or hand-crank radios, two-way radios
Old cell phones and chargers- if they are charged,you can still call 911, even without ‘service’.
First aid kits
Sanitation and personal hygiene products- toothbrushes, toothpaste,feminine hygiene items, contact lens solutions, reading glasses, toilet paper, paper towels,shampoo,conditioner,soap,hand sanitizer.
Baby supplies- bottles, formula, baby food, diapers.
Pet supplies- collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowls