Day 2: Catching Our Breath

Hi there,

Welcome to our 16 new fundraisers and new team. We are so glad to have you with us.

In contrast to yesterday’s headiness, today was marked by challenges. First, people are sharing their stories of trying (and failing) to go without touch. Children, it seems, are the downfall for this Challenge. Even when old enough to understand that their parents are avoiding skin-to-skin contact, they are inclined to forget in the moment. This difficulty speaks to how we all normally take the ability to touch and be touched for granted in our daily lives and reminds us of the struggle of those in West Africa for whom the avoidance of touch has become a necessary survival strategy.

Second, there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to get done. Press releases to be mailed, emails to be sent, phone calls to be made, tweets to be tweeted, posts to be posted–it’s a lot for one small group of volunteers. For this reason, we are counting on you–our supporters–to help us spread the word about the campaign. Take to email, Twitter, Facebook, or the social media delivery system of your choice and let people know that now is the time to act.

As a reminder of why we are doing this and why it is so vitally important to move with the utmost speed, I leave you with the following piece from the New York Times: Heart-Rending Test in Ebola Zone—A Baby.



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