Carrie Bickmore Almost Died After Giving Birth
Carrie Bickmore has revealed she would have died after the birth of her son if it were not for a last-minute dash to the hospital.
The Project host suffered a severe haemorrhage 10 days after the birth of Oliver, requiring an operation and blood transfusions.
Opening up about the ordeal, Bickmore said the experience resonated with her when she signed up to become a UNICEF ambassador.
"Maternal and neo-natal tetanus is one of the highest reasons for mortality in developing countries, and so when UNICEF asked me to be involved in a maternal and neo-natal program they were running, I jumped at the chance and have continued to support them since," she told Marie Claire.
Now a mum of two, the 35-year-old said she “would have died” if she hadn’t been able to access those services.
As part of her role with the charity, Bickmore is currently encouraging people to #DonateYourDinner.
The campaign asks people to share a photo of their finished dinner plate, tag three friends and donate the value of that meal to donateyourdinner.org.
The money raised will towards providing therapeutic food and life-saving treatments, new water supplies, vaccinations and emergency education.
According to UNICEF, more than 26 million children’s lives are currently at risk with a severe crisis in Ethiopia, Angola, Zimbabwe and the surrounding countries.
To put it in perspective – that’s the equivalent of Australia’s entire population not knowing where they’ll get their next meal from.
While it’s a statistic that can seem overwhelming at first glance, Bickmore told Marie Claire that it was possible to make a difference.
"I have often felt like the problem was too big, like no little donation I made could solve the huge problems facing millions of children and families around the world," she said.
"Then I realised it wasn’t my little donation alone that would help, it was all of our little donations together that could make a huge impact.”
It looks like you now not only have an excuse to photograph your food. You’re obliged to.
It’s a small action that could make a BIG difference.