Don’t Drop the Ball on Aid

3 June, 2010 | Health and Education For All

I love football. I also love working for Oxfam. They’re two of my major passions in life and I can be quite geeky about them. Although being able to name Everton’s championship winning side of the 80’s means I’m a bit more of a football geek. Football (or soccer, for you USA fans) connects people all around the world but there just isn’t that much opportunity to use it in my work.

However, this summer there’s a World Cup – a global football festival that will grab the world’s attention. It will generate passion and enthusiasm on a huge scale. As well ensuring a big focus on Africa.

We wanted to turn all of that into something genuinely world changing. We wanted to connect with football fans and Oxfam supporters around the world and give them the chance to express themselves in a meaningful way. So, we decided to set up a massive game of keepy-uppy and to tell our leaders ‘Don’t Drop the Ball on Aid’.

Grab a football and a camera and film yourself keeping the ball up. Whether you can do one, two or twenty, your keepy-uppys will form part of an amazing video chain, linking people worldwide who care enough to kick off and fight poverty.

You don’t have to be this good but take a look at our video:

We’ll show your videos to world leaders at the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) conference in New York in September. The MDGs have the power to revolutionise people’s lives in poor countries. Indeed 10 years ago, world leaders signed up to these 8 MDGs, which commit to halving the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. But rich countries are failing to provide vitally-needed aid money to turn the goals into reality, and this conference – combined with your keepy-uppys – can kickstart vital progress.

So grab a ball and get yourself filmed. A lot of very powerful people will get a timely reminder to keep their promises on delivering aid money – as well as getting a chance to check out your beautiful ball skills.

And if you want to see why I work for Oxfam as opposed to playing for Everton, have a look at my skills.

Take action

Film your 'keepy-uppy' and tell leaders: Don't Drop the Ball on Aid

Comments

Great to see charities keeping it up.

Blow the Vuvuzelas - the World Cup is in full swing - full marks for Oxfam GB tapping into this special sporting event.

Possible guest post?

Hi Ian,

I'm the communications and grassroots intern at the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) (www.globalnetwork.org). I love this idea - and I love soccer (or football)! This is a great way to sway attendees at this year's UN MDG conference!

I was wondering if you'd be available to write a guest blog post for our blog End the Neglect (www.endtheneglect.org). We're always looking to provide our readers with new perspectives on global health and NTDs. The post can be a short 200-500 word piece of something you've previously written, or something completely brand new. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Or if you feel as though you don't have time to guest blog, would it be possible to repost some of the things you've blogged about? We will always include a link back to your blog if we do this.

Lastly, if you would be willing to add our blog to your blog roll, we would greatly appreciate it and gladly return the favor.

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Thanks for your time, and commitment to fighting poverty! Looking forward to hearing fromy you soon!

Thanks, Linda

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Hi LindaThanks for your

Hi Linda

Thanks for your comment. I'm pleased that you like this campaign. I'd be happy to write a blog for your site. I'll see what I can put together and be in touch.

I look forward to seeing your video on www.dontdropaid.org

Ian

Hi Ian, that's great to hear!

Hi Ian, that's great to hear! Do you mind giving me your email address so we can coordinate a date for you to guest blog? If you don't feel comfortable making your email address public, please feel free to email me using the email address I provided when I submitted this comment. Thanks again, we appreciate it! Linda

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