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Show me some lap love!

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Matt: "That's hot!"I want some lap love. Will you give it to me?

Please support me with some lap love from as little as $1, and help us together to improve the delivery of child survival.

Can we make 21 supporters before 11.30 am today?

Please visit the link below: www.igg.me/at/10citybridgerun.

The second lap of the 10 Sydney Bridge Run kicks off in Sydney in about an hour, running 21 laps of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

This distance takes me just over the 24 km.

Each lap is 1,149m. Running end of the steel girder support to the other end of the girder support, which is about twice the distance, if not more than pylon to pylon.

Thank you to all of the generous supporters of this initiative. If you are not already a supporter, would you show me some lap love and make a contribution of the link below? Come on, humour me for as little as $1 while I am out running these laps.

Can we make 21 supporters before 11 am? Please share, so we can all feel a little lap love.

Thanks for your support!

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The journey begins

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After considerable delay and a number of false starts, the 10 City Bridge Run is underway.

IMG_0351There have been many problems, mostly associated with injury, lack of resources, and self-doubt, but that is all behind us now.

What hasn’t been lacking is the goodwill and encouragement from a community of supporters, most of who I know, and many I don’t. Thank you. You are the people that made this happen!

The first leg was run in Port Moresby on 16 September 2014, coinciding with Papua New Guinea Independence Day. It was a great day for a run. See for yourself in the video below.

Please share this blog. It is not too late to support the initiative. You and your friends can do that here: www.igg.me/at/10citybridgerun.

Thanks for your support!

Do They Know It’s Christmas?

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U2, Kalvøya-festivalen, Norway, August 21st 1983
Bono in 2003: A good year for bad haircuts

So many good reasons to watch this video from 1984…totally fashion tragic in every sense.

Feed the World” was the refrain. How sad that today so many deaths occur from preventable disease. Hunger remains a problem. Many of these problems have solutions that are not too difficult to resolve…especially after 16 years.

How many more Christmas will again pass before this hunger is met. Personally, I believe that a deeper hunger drives all of this poverty. It is a deep-seated spiritual hunger within all of us, masked by our insatiable desire to consume and buy more stuff. All the politicians and rock-lords in the world cannot meet that hunger.

How should we respond to this video- With Nostalgia? With disbelief that nothing has changed? With annoyance that we swore we never wanted to hear that song again? With resolution to finally put it right?

Everyone, please give it up for the original Band Aid ensemble (in sleeve order):

Linda Ronstadt
Adam Clayton (U2)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats)
Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
Chris Cross (Ultravox)
John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Paul Young
Tony Hadley
Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
Simon Crowe
Marilyn
Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Jody Watley (Shalamar)
Bono (U2)
Paul Weller (The Style Council, and previously The Jam)
James “J.T.” Taylor (Kool & The Gang)
George Michael (Wham!)
Midge Ure (Ultravox)
Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
Sara Dallin (Bananarama)
Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
Sting (The Police)
Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
Robert ‘Kool’ Bell (Kool & the Gang)
Dennis Thomas (Kool & the Gang)
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
Jon Moss (Culture Club, former member of Adam and the Ants)
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats)
David Bowie (who contributed via a recording that was mailed to Geldof and then dubbed onto the single)
Boy George (Culture Club)
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Paul McCartney (Wings and The Beatles, who contributed via a recording that was mailed to Geldof and then dubbed onto the single)
Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
Bruce Watson (Big Country)
Tony Butler (Big Country)
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country)

Five Days to Go: 8 MDG. MDG 4- Reduce Child Mortality

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The infant mortality rate in Africa is at 9% a...
The infant mortality rate in Africa is at 9%

Among the 64 countries with high child mortality rates (defined as 40 or more deaths per 1,000 live births), only 9 are on track to meet the MDG target on child survival. The highest rates of child mortality continue to be found in sub- Saharan Africa.

Child mortality is at the core of what the 10 City Bridge Run seeks to influence through leveraging the awareness of others. The outcomes this would ideally achieve includes greater creativity, influencing decision making through petition of the G20 Summit leadership, and mobilising money towards addressing two of the most immediate causes of child mortality that are also readily mitigated.

The target the United Nations (UN) has set through the Millennium Development Goal 4 is reduce by two thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate.

A brief summary from the UN expresses concern, but also a window of opportunity:

  • Child deaths are falling, but not quickly enough to reach the target
  • Revitalizing efforts against pneumonia and diarrhoea, while bolstering nutrition, could save millions of children
  • Recent success in controlling measles may be short-lived if funding gaps are not bridged

The good news is that there has been progress. The bad news is that this is not a time for back-slapping and reprieve. Not by a long shot. As my friend Suji would say: “Unacceptable!”

Quoting a UN report worth opening for the comparative graph showing improvements, targets and contrasting death rates by region- an all too stark reminder of how bad things are in sub-Saharan Africa:

Despite these achievements, and the fact that most child deaths are preventable or treatable, many countries still have unacceptably high levels of child mortality and have made little or no progress in recent years.

This comment from the UN confirms the need for investment of money into projects that address issues of water and sanitation, as well as malaria:

There is increasing evidence that MDG 4 can be achieved, but only if countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and Oceania target the biggest killers of children. In sub-Saharan Africa, diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia cause more than half of under-five deaths.

This is a tragedy played out daily.

The 10 City Bridge Run of itself won’t stop people dying. The awareness that it raises and the intervention it causes may well do though. Please sponsor this cause for $24.

I am working hard to make a difference. This is not something I can do alone. We need to act together. Please join me on this journey.

Cutting the Circle of Violence

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Great TED Talk about what one woman did to intervene in war-torn Afghanistan. I think this gives some insights to the complexity involved in understanding poverty. “Inge Missmahl brings peace to the minds of Afghanistan”. The importance of empathy and understanding local cultural needs and norms I don’t think can be overstated.

Highly relevant when looking at the prevalence of poverty and trauma in so many countries and regions where extreme poverty exists.

Seth’s blog: The problem with putting it all on the line…

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Seth Godin, someone I admire for his consistent challenge to how we see things through his writing, posted a blog last week that I thought as worth sharing. Please follow this link and subscribe to Seth- he posts a great update daily, and they are short to read.

Here is what he had to say under the heading of The problem with putting it all on the line…

Why have I repeated it here? It was a prompt for me in considering what I was encountering through the 10 City Bridge Run.

Risk, art, reward. Join me on this journey: it is about what we all do together.

The problem with putting it all on the line…

is that it might not work out.

The problem with not putting it all on the line is that it will never (ever) change things for the better.

Not much of a choice, I think. No risk, no art. No art, no reward.