Communicators: Here’s how to support famine relief in East Africa

droughtinthehornofafricaYou’ve seen the news reports about the humanitarian disaster in East Africa. Famine and drought on a massive scale. Millions could die in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

As communicators, what can we do to help? Well, how about supporting the call to action from our friends at Communicate Magazine and #CommsChat:

This week’s #CommsChat was scheduled to be on measurement. But something came up that we felt was more important. Amid the anger of News International and the vacillations of the Euro crisis one story this past week seemed to have been pushed to the sidelines – the story of ten millions lives at risk due to the crisis in East Africa.

We are postponing the measurement session to hear how comms teams from charities can get cut-through in a heavy news week and the other communication challenges that face the third sector.

Our guests will be Thomas Schultz-Jagow, director of communications for Oxfam, and Leigh Daynes, director of advocacy, campaigns and communications for Plan.

For once, however, we’d like everyone to participate in the next #CommsChat in a way beyond 140 characters. What is happening in Africa is truly terrible. We don’t often get the chance in life to make a difference.

Everyone who takes part in #CommsChat knows how entertaining it is. And it’s always been free (and will carry on so). But how much would you pay for an hour of entertainment? How much does half a play cost? Or a third of a dinner bill? Or two fifths of a ticket at the Brixton Academy.

This week we’d like those who take part in #CommsChat to donate what they’d normally pay for an hours entertainment. You don’t have to. It’s not obligatory. But its a nice thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.  We’ve created a JustGiving page:

Head there, donate, then join in #CommsChat [on Monday]. Couldn’t be easier.

(Via Wadds.)

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Clarence Jones

    Couldn’t embarass myself w/what an hour of my time is worth, so I gave 15 quid (far above what I earn or can spend in an hour). Thx for the chance to help!

    • neville

      That’s very generous, Clarence, thanks, I’m sure our friends will be grateful.

      To coin a phrase, every little (or large) helps.

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