No it's not the iceberg broken off Antarctica that I mean; that IS cause for concern and could be a metaphor...?
It's just a morsel of hope for the World's Children in Danger.
On 8 July UNA Shropshire members turned out to collect for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) Standing by their flags in Church Stretton, they hoped to make a difference to lives threatened by disease, hunger, malnutrition, violence, exploitation, abuse, war, conflict and many other disasters.
Thanks to the generosity of the people of Church Stretton and to all collectors or supporters UNICEF will continue to try to offer hope and practical solutions in the form of vaccine, food,clean water, medicine and psychosociological support to 41 countries in great need.
We are comparatively fortunate in UK, but here too UNICEF is active with the Baby Friendly initiative, supporting breastfeeding mothers, helping to develop nurturing loving relationships and promoting healthier schoolchildren and adults. The Rights Respecting Schools initiative improves wellbeing and protects children from exploitation and abuse. The Child's Rights Partners programme puts children at the heart of public services. UNICEF cares for every child in danger, here and throughout the world. The street collection from Church Stretton amounted to £559.
So the good news is that our drop in the ocean is a little bigger than it was last year! Congratulations to all who care and share time resources or both for this worthwhile cause and to UNICEF for working to fulfil its increasingly difficult task, keeping hope alive.