How we turned 150,000 of your demands to fight AIDS, TB and malaria into LEGO

ONE’s Europe Executive Director Adrian Lovett (L) and UK Campaign Manager Saira O’Mallie (R) deliver a LEGO message to UK Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening (C). Photo: Department for International Development

What a great start to the week.  Everyone told me the UK summer was over – it clearly isn’t. I was worried we’d never be able to top our last petition delivery – but we did.

This morning I delivered a giant LEGO® brick message to London’s political heart in Westminster (with some help – it was heavy) to meet the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening.

Why? Because letters and emails and postcards are easy to ignore. A wonderful, wall-mounted reminder of the amazing achievements of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria sticks in your mind!

Over 150,000 of you have called for world leaders to step up their support for the Global Fund, so as well as all your names, we handed over something inspired by the millions of children’s’ lives that have already been saved.

We want to make sure that while the UK government are weighing up how to spend our life-saving development aid, they can see that the Global Fund is working, and that now is the time to scale up investment and give even more children a healthy future.

Our work isn’t over – it’s not just the UK who must make ambitious commitments but other countries too. But I’d like to see the UK coming out early with a challenge to the rest of the world to step up and invest. And thanks to 150,000 of our dedicated ONE members, I’m not alone.

I was almost sad to hand the LEGO® brick message over, but promises that it would be displayed with pride make me hopeful that ONE will deliver a daily reminder that we want action. Plus I didn’t really want to carry it back to the office.

We’ll be taking the same message to leaders around the world in the next few weeks, so there is still time to join the campaign by adding your name now

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