Happy Birthday, Shot@Life!

Shot@Life01I was first introduced to Shot@Life at last year’s Type-A Parent conference where we had the opportunity to participate in the first ever Twitter flash mob. This year, I get to help Shot@Life celebrate their first birthday by interviewing one of the Shot@Life Champions and introducing you to this wonderful cause.

Shot@Life03Shot@Life paired me with their Shot@Life Champion from Wyoming, Connie Hollin. Connie is a teacher and works in Rock Springs school system. It was a delight talking to Connie and I was truly impressed by what a passionate advocate she is for Shot@Life. Sadly, my recording app totally frakked up the recording of our interview so I can’t include any direct quotes. What follows is compiled from the hand written notes I took.

Me: Can you explain to the uninitiated what Shot@Life is?
Connie: Shot@Life is a UN campaign to promote global availability of vaccines. Shot@Life hopes that with the global availability of vaccines that death (especially childhood death) from preventable diseases will drop. Shot@Life hopes to completely eradicate Polio, which contrary to common opinion is still out there and occurring.

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One of the slogans on a Sot@Life t-shirt…vaccines will let more children live and have a chance to become messy eaters.

Me: What does it mean to be a Shot@Life Champion?
Connie: The role or purpose of a Shot@Life Champion is to raise awareness of the need to make vaccines available globally. We also show that this is something that maters to everyday people. It’s not just paid advocates who are talking about this. All of the Shot@Life Champions went to D.C. in February. Many of us had the opportunity to meet with our Senators and Representatives and talk to them about why Shot@Life’s cause is so important. And, next Saturday, I will be talking about Shot@Life at the WyTecc Conference and I’ll be talking to the teachers about ways they can promote Shot@Life and ways their students can get involved, too.

Me: How did you first hear about Shot@Life?
Connie: I first heard about Shot@Life back in 2011 when I was a representative for Wyoming in D.C. for a parenting magazine.

Shot@Life04Me: Why did you get involved with Shot@Life?
Connie: My children are cousins that we adopted. Because of issues with their biological families, there are siblings that don’t have the same opportunities that my girls have. It is very important to teach my children that not everyone has access to the same level of care and. by being involved in Shot@Life, I have the chance to teach my girls to see things globally. I can show them that by promoting causes like Shot@Life that we can even out some of the inequalities.

Me: What does being involved with Shot@Life mean to you?
Connie: It all goes back to the fundamental belief that kids should have the opportunity to grow up. Fighting for that opportunity for others lets me show my girls that we can make a difference.

Shot@Life05Me: What have you done over the past year to help spread the word about Shot@Life and the importance of expanding access to vaccines?
Connie: As I mentioned before, all the Champions got to go to D.C. and talk to our Senators and Representative and spread the Shot@Life message. Also, I am a teacher in the Rock Springs (Wyoming) school system. Our school system has a health academy that covers all 4 years of high school. This health academy teaches them about personal and global health issues and, by the time they graduate, they are even trained as phlebotomists. This year I did a presentation about Shot@Life to the kids in the health academy. Our goal is for the kids who were exposed this year to help teach the kids next year about it. We are also hoping that at least some of the kids will chose to promote Shot@Life themselves. Some of them could even sign up to travel and give the vaccines after they graduate since they will be trained phlebotomists then.

Me: Which experience with Shot@Life was the most significant for you and why?
Connie: I think the trip to D.C. was the really important because it demonstrated the grassroots support for the global availability of vaccines.

Me: Since this is Shot@Life’s first birthday, will you share a favorite birthday tradition with us?
Connie: My family has always sung an extended version of Happy Birthday. I don’t know if it’s something we came up with by ourselves or if it’s the real extended version. I like that we are doing this with my children now. My mom even had the kids redo a section to get the group participation one year.

Me: What do you hope to see happen for Shot@Life in their second year?
Connie: Personally, I want to get more of our health academy kids involved. I also hope to see the Shot@Life facebook group grow because this means the message will be reaching many more people.

Me: If my readers want to follow you and your adventures with Shot@Life, where can they find you?
Connie: They can find me on twitter (@HollinFamily) or they can follow Shot@Life’s facebook page.

 

Thanks for taking the time to learn about a cause that is important to me and for taking the time to get to know one of Shot@Life’s fabulous Champions, Connie Hollin. You can learn more about Shot@Life on their Shot@Life website or through their blog.

Also, if you are interested in reading more of the #BirthdayBash posts or helping to promote it, the people at Shot@Life say that all #BirthdayBash blogs will be promoted during World Immunization Week through our Facebook, Twitter, and Storify page. Be sure to follow #BirthdayBash on Twitter to keep up with all of the blogs and help spread the word about Shot@Life’s 1st Birthday!

And, finally, if you want to help spread the word through twitter, here is an easy way to do it…just click on the Tweet This below.

Tweet this! Grab ur party hat & get ready to join the @Shotatlife #BirthdayBash! Let’s celebrate their 1st Bday together: http://ow.ly/kjtsp

Tweet this! Are you ready?! @Shotatlife #BirthdayBash is launching April 24th–April 26th during World Immunization Week! http://ow.ly/kjtsp  #getvax

Tweet this! The @Shot@Life #BirthdayBash has begun! Check out their Storify page feat. @Shotatlife Champion milestones & more: http://ow.ly/kjuya

3 Responses to Happy Birthday, Shot@Life!
  1. Lori Lavender Luz
    April 25, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    What a worthy organization. Thanks for this fascinating interview!
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  2. Egg Timer
    April 26, 2013 | 8:35 am

    YAY!!! Thank you for spreading information on vaccine awareness. Especially now, as countries like the UK stand on the brink of a full on measles epidemic, brought on by the arrogance of one man trying to make a buck. Even in developed worlds children are dying from preventable diseases now, and i think of all those children in other countries whose parents would give them the vaccine in a second to save their lives.
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  3. Kathy
    April 26, 2013 | 10:25 pm

    How inspiring! Thank you for sharing about Shot@Life and the incredible work they are doing to help kids live longer and healthier lives. Happy 1st Birthday to them!
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