Sunday, January 16, 2005

Did you give to the Tsunami fund? I didn't.

Well, the Canadian Blogger Award voting is over! I lost! It wasn't close! Regardless, I don't feel the need to be funny any longer, so read this.

Globally, over one million people, many of them children under the age of five, die from malaria each year.

They hope to have a malaria vaccine by 2010. That's in 5 years. That's 5x1000000 = FIVE MILLION (many under the age of 5) dying in the next 5 years of malaria. Even with a vaccine, there's no way they'll be able to vaccinate everyone, and regardless, the vaccine won't be 100% effective. Why am I saying this? Because in a year, when the fad of giving to tsunami victims has passed and giving to charity isn't 'the thing to do' anymore and the resorts are rebuilt and the tsunami patrol are sitting on the beach with their binoculars looking for suspicious ocean activity, there will still be millions of people dying from malaria. A couple hundred thousand deaths from a more than likely one-time event has sparked an enormous amount of sympathy and desire to help, which is great, but don't the malaria children deserve that same sympathy and support? I say, while we're all still feeling charitable, set up a monthly withdrawl to some charity. You won't even notice it's gone, and if everyone does it, it'll make a difference.

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