Activating Our Minds #44

Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson - 3 mins

Here are three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work this week.


The Illegal Blood Bank

Did you know that one donation of blood can save up to three lives? However in the UK millions of pints of blood are going to waste each year because of a law which says that sexually active gay or bisexual men cannot donate, even if their blood is perfectly safe to use. Unilad and FreedomToDonate have joined forces with a strong belief in donating blood without bias. Next Saturday 23 November, they will launch an ‘Illegal Blood Bank in “a secret London location”, to campaign for a fairer system where everyone is treated equally, and not assessed on their sexual orientation, but on their individual behaviour. If you want to sign up, click here


Step Into The Story

A new interactive Dr. Seuss Experience has opened in Toronto where rooms are designed to bring to life whimsical scenes from the books, and help adults and children alike be completely immersed in the magic. Each room has special quotes on the walls so the children taking part can learn some life lessons. From Lorax quotes linking to the environment to the Sneetches nodding to diversity and inclusion, each room has its own unique take away. This hands-on exhibit is sure to spark the imagination of anyone who goes, and hopefully encourages them to read the books too while maybe eating some green eggs and ham!

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AOM 44 Cat in the Hat


The Power of a Digital Community

Barton Hill Academy’s girls’ football team have spent years playing on the field with no kit of their own. Being stuck with hand-me-down, oversized kits from the boys’ team isn’t exactly showing them equality. So that is why their football coach reached out to the social inclusion charity Football Beyond Borders. Amazingly, when they turned to twitter they managed to wrangle some support from their connections within the football industry, and get Pro:Direct and Nike to organise free kit for the girls’ team within 15 minutes! What an amazing display of community!

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