Amy Darcy has been a World Vision Blog ambassador since 2015 and is the editor at Eat Pray Workout, a popular Australian healthy lifestyle blog with healthy recipes and articles on wellbeing; fitness and travel.
Amy recently held a Vision Sisters event for her baby shower to raise money and awareness for women in countries like Uganda who often give birth at home, without any assistance. Together with her friends and family, the group assembled 200 clean birthing kits to send overseas so that women who have limited access to healthcare can have a clean childbirth. Here Amy talks about her experiences with World Vision and also her motivation for hosting a Vision Sisters event.
How did you get involved with World Vision as a blog ambassador?
I also wanted to use my influence through my blogging platforms to encourage my readers to consider matters beyond our very blessed lives in Australia and then take action to help make REAL change in communities that face poverty. I wanted to empower them to do this, not just preach it and leave them wondering where to start. So I decided I would point them towards the great programs World Vision has. So after some discussions with World Vision, they agreed to take me on as a blog ambassador and I try to support their campaigns wherever I can.
What world issues are you most interested in?
As I’ve studied international politics and law, I am very interested in the political relations between countries. On a slightly more micro scale though, I am passionate about maternal, newborn and child health. I find it baffling and unacceptable that more than 6 million children under the age of five and 287,000 women are dying from preventable diseases each year.
What are you enjoying the most about being a new mum?
My son Finley was born 5 weeks ago and I’m really enjoying the bonding time that comes with breast feeding! Such a precious time and I haven’t found it difficult at all.
What motivated you to join Vision Sisters?
During my pregnancy I struggled with the decision of whether to birth privately or publicly. Was private worth the money? Then it got me thinking, is it fair that I even have an option, when some women would be lucky to even have a nurse available to help them birth? I ended up going private but wanted to do something to help those women who weren’t as fortunate as I was. Vision Sisters seemed the perfect way to make a practical and positive impact in reducing mortality rates for mothers and newborns.
How did you come up with the idea for the Vision Sisters baby shower?
Vision Sisters give money towards training health workers and provide mother’s with sterile birthing kits. There is a packing day for those birthing kits and I thought this would be a great way to raise awareness and take the focus off me who already has been blessed with so much.
How did you encourage friends and family to get involved?
People were intrigued when I told them that this was what I wanted to do for my baby shower and shocked when I told them that 1 in 49 women die during child birth in places like Uganda. In Australia, the statistics are 5 women per 100,000. It was amazing to see my friends leave the baby shower with huge smiles on their faces, thanking me for giving them the opportunity to help others. They loved how practical these kits were and knowing they giving lives to mothers that would otherwise not live to see their children grow up. You can see pictures from my Vision Sisters baby shower here.
What advice would you give to others who want to get involved?
Reach out! Send that email asking about getting involved. The support you get from World Vision in organising one of these events or promoting other World Vision events (like the Run India campaign raising funds to improve education in India) is amazing. You’re not in this alone and WVA will go above and beyond to empower you to organise an event or get involved, doing their best to ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed by it, but rather get to enjoy the fact you are helping improve the quality of life for those living in poverty.