I’ve spent today doing back to back radio interviews with Julie Fernandez and David Proud for a brilliant campaign called Stamp and Swap. This International Day of Disabled People on Friday 3 December 2010, show your support, swap your talent with someone else and be part of the first ever Stamp and Swap campaign.
Stamp and Swap is a new initiative created by ADD International, a charity which supports and empowers disabled people to change their lives and achieve their goals. Funds raised from this campaign will allow ADD and its UK partners to raise awareness of the discrimination and inequalities faced by disabled people all over the world, every single day.
I know that the treatment of disabled people in the UK is far from perfect but we have opportunities and facilities that disabled people in developing countries can only dream of and by donating £5 you can join in the swapping and make a valuable difference to someone struggling with the most basic human needs.
For example just a fiver…
- could pay for two disabled people to attend a workshop on “Basic Counselling Skills and HIV prevention” in Uganda.
- could pay for the printing of two manuals of the Sudanese Unified Sign Language enabling thousands Deaf People to communicate with each other and the wider community.
- could pay for skills training for a disabled woman in Sudan.
- could pay for a volunteer to transport six children with cerebral palsy physiotherapy to school in Zambia.
- could pay for one disabled man in Ghana to receive training in farming and ploughing.
- pays for a disabled woman to attend a one day sensitization seminar on domestic violence.
- could pay for a seminar in Sudan that would result in hearing aids for five deaf children. This gives them the opportunity to go to school and therefore the right to an education and employment.
- could pay for a training workshop on the rights of disabled people in rural Zambia. Many disabled people living in remote areas think that they are the only disabled people in the world and that they have no rights. This important training gives disabled people the knowledge and confidence they need to ask for the rights they are routinely denied.
- could pay for a teacher to teach two disabled children, who are unable to attend school, in their own homes.
Pretty remarkable the difference £5 can make isn’t it? All that for a less than a pack of cigarettes and a hell of a lot more useful!
You can take part online or you can actively swap at the first ever flash-swap outside the Royal Exchange, situated between Threadneedle Street and Cornhill Street in the city of London, near Bank tube at 12:30pm on Friday 3rd December.
Watch the video at the link below to see David Proud and I swap a panther for a bodyboard!