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Save the Children: Natasha Kaplinsky and I talk about #bornto

On the evening of the new ITV show, Born to Shine, which I’m literally heading out the door to see any moment, it’s quite fitting that I publish my interview with celebrity ambassador; Natasha Kaplinsky. While she needs no further introduction, Natasha has been the face that’s greeted us for many years when she’s presented the news for Five and the BBC. Here she is below at the Born To launch, standing in the full glare of the media with Alexandra Burke and Amanda Mealing.

Sian, Josie and I – the original blogladesh three – got to meet and interview the new celebrity amabassadors for Save the Children at the London launch recently. During the press conference Natasha talked about her work and I was impressed that she ‘done trips’ and gone out into the field to experience some of these 8 million stories at first hand. It also meant that the ice would be broken when we met her and we could share our experiences, some of which will never leave me.

I don’t have anything in common with newsreaders per se, and I was wondering how it would all go. I’ve interviewed and worked with celebrities in a professional capacity for as long as I can remember, but for my own blog, I wasn’t quite sure it would work. I wanted to make sure I got some real discussion and thankfully I did.

What was really weird for us Mummy bloggers was that Natasha had heard about our work and the campaigning we took part in last year. She was full of admiration (we all blushed) and disarmingly frank and honest. We had a lot of common work due to our shared passion for working with Save the Children and she was happy to spend time with us and even ran over our allotted time.

And here’s how we got along;

Q How’s life being a Mum

A Arlo is 2 years old and Angelica is 9 months, so pretty busy

Q So you have been on a field trip to India – how did you find it and what did you see?

A My journey was about meeting Mothers and babies and I had an unbelievably moving experience in one of the government hospitals when I saw my first ever birth. It was extraordinary and in a huge room with three women already at the pushing stage and only one attendant. A baby arrived within two minutes of me being there. This woman, the Mother, lifted up the child to see it was a girl and then cast it aside. It had been born a disappointment.

Q How did you feel?

A It was quite devastating and a shock to witness.

Q How do you feel about the Save the Children campaign to save 8 million children?

A There is something about the statistics that are difficult to get hold of; to lose a children must break your heart. It did feel quite powerful and to come home to house full of help, Grandparents and a Husband with so much love and attention for the kids and unbelievable pang of guilt to see it all and the daily routine and everything.

Q How does this affect you as a Mum?

A I was brought up in Africa in Kenya, so I know about poverty and somehow when you become a Mum and a layer of skin gets peeled back and then you go and see a Mother and baby in these hospital units, and it brings you up short.

Q So what do you want to say to all of this?

A My message is about enraging us that there are so many deaths – 8 million children die every year below the age of 5 and then, I want to empower us. We’re all good at something and born to do something

Q Are you into blogging and social networking?

A I’m really behind in all this and when we were in India with Justin (Forsyth, Save the Children) he was always tweeting. I’m not on twitter spend my whole life trying to avoid that kind of stuff.

For more information on how you can get involved with the Save the Children #bornto campaign, follow the link here.

And there’s more here from Save the Children:

It’s the start of our most ambitious project to date – calling on the public, politicians, companies, everyone to help us stop this shocking waste of young life.

The launch of No Child Born to Die on 24 January 2011 received extensive coverage in the media, from BBC and ITV News and Radio Four’s Today Programme to The Sun, and ITV’s morning show, ‘Lorraine’. We had fantastic support from celebrities like Stephen Fry, Simon Cowell – and a special mention from David Beckham on his Facebook page.

We followed up with a powerful new advertising campaign, reaching 32 million people, prompting many people to get involved with our cause for the first time. Thousands joined us through Facebook and Twitter. Thousands donated money. And millions heard our message.

But this is just the start. Our aim is to engage one in ten of the UK population. Throughout 2011 and beyond we will be asking people everywhere to take part, using whatever they are born to do to help us save children’s lives

“We want to make this an issue that everyone cares about,” said Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children UK. “We’re asking millions of people to join us – giving their money so that many more children can be born safely, vaccinated and diagnosed and treated if they get ill. And we’re asking people to add their voices to ours, challenging world leaders to make sure the poorest children and their mothers get the essential healthcare they need to survive.”

Read our campaign report No Child Born to Die: Closing the gaps.

Find out what you can do to help save children’s lives.

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  1. [...] to the initiative. I interviewed Natasha last year about her trip to India, you can read the story here.  Expect to hear a lot more of the coming weeks about this, and hopefully news of change [...]

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