This tweet i sent to Alyssa Milano, my heroine who inspires me everyday to help others. Take a read and see if you can help me acheive my target. www.justgiving.com/Emma-Clifford. Give a quid to save a kid. Thanks for reading.
@Alyssa_Milano hi! Forgive me for the huge tweet but i need some help and was hoping you’d lend me your voice.
As you know, last year i trekked the Sahara for UNICEF to help children in Morocco. You know, it was amazing! Beautiful, picturesque, difficult! But I did it! I survived 8 days walking the Sahara. I bet you’d think i am proud?
Well i wish i could show it. See, the people that matter most didn’t support me or what i was doing. You know when i told my mom i wanted to help change the lives of children in the world, do you know what she said? She said, why bother, nothing you do will make a difference.
Nice huh? to get support from your family.
But as hurt and upset as i was not to get support from my own family, my ‘Twitter’ family fully supported what i was doing & gave me the inspiration and encouragement to follow my dreams. So why should i bother mom? Beacause helping the less fortunate IS my dream.
You, Alyssa have taught me to be myself & that i can do anything, & throughout the whole trek, all i was thinking was, just how proud my twitter family would be. How proud Alyssa would be.
Even now around my family, i feel like it is a crime to talk about what i did to support UNICEF. My family don’t understand how important it was to me or the children i was helping. I cannot celebrate what i acheived. Man, i trekked the Sahara desert for 8 days and survived!! I was the youngest on the trek and i did it!!
But that doesn’t matter. Its already forgotten about.
You know how upsetting it was when we all arrived back to London and all the other participants had family meet them to congratulate them. Me… I had not one single person come to meet me. But me being me, i’m very good at hiding my disappointment now, i made my way home alone, hiding the happiness and proudness of what i had just acheived. The whole train journey i was thinking, i cannot wait to share my pictures with Alyssa and the rest of my Twitter family. I arrived home, hoping deep down that my family might take an interest in what i had just done. The empty house i discovered when i arrived home said it all…
But i knew inside my heart what i had done. How happy i was. How proud i felt when i crossed the finishing line… My family still haven’t even viewed the photos of my trip… I’m not looking for sympathy, i have accepted me and my family will never be that close.
I often reminise a quote i once saw u tweet, One people. one plantet. One love.
I believe it is upto our generation to help change the world and despite the negativity i am surrounded by, i refuse to give up.
So this year, i have decided to tackle the Namibian desert, this time for children with HIV/AIDS.
And i was wandering if i could get just a teeny bit of support? Who better to ask than a UNICEF ambassador who has, like me, seen the work UNICEF do first hand and know how importnat it is for children to have rights. Who better to ask than a women who inspires me everyday to follow my dreams and makes me get up every morning ready to help someone i may encounter that day? Who better to ask than someone i class as a friend (if that’s ok!)who does all she can just to put a smile on somebody’s face.
I was hoping i could maybe borrow your voice and Retweeting skills! I have set myself a target of £5000 and with your help i know i could beat it.
Would you mind RT’ing my fundraising page/blog throughout the month?
I want to test the power of the twitterverse. Twitter has always been there in my hours of need, to smile and to get encouragement. There’s nothing quite like it, i’m sure you will agree?
I have a signed Safe at Home book from yourself (courtesy of Kelly Kall) to give away. All those that donate will be out into a draw.
Alyssa thank you for being my continued inspiration and for all you do. If i could do just a fraction of what you have done to help those in need, i would be happy.
My blog: http://www.giveaquidtosaveakid.wordpress.com
My fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/Emma-Clifford
If you have reached the end of this, Alyssa and whoever else may be reading this, Thank you and please spread the word.
Together we can make a difference.
Love and hugs
Emma Clifford. 23