Washington, June 17 (ANI): Ben Affleck and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly came together in Washington on Thursday, to promote the child survival initiative in a generation.
The cause is said to be close to the heart of both the personalities.
We are here today with one vision: to make sure every child, everywhere, lives to see his or her fifth birthday, to eliminate preventable child death in a generation, People quoted Clinton as saying.
The Secretary of State, along with celebrities like Mandy Moore and Andre Agassi and hundreds of everyday Americans, have posted personal snapshots from when they were 5-years-old to the to promote the child survival initiative.
When I was 5, I was able to spend quality time with family and friends. Every child deserves the same opportunity, Agassi wrote with his photo.
Now that's what they call in Hollywood a tough act to follow, Affleck said right after Clinton's speech.
The actor revealed that when heard that more than 7 million children across the globe will die before they turn 5, he thought of his own three children - Violet, 4; Seraphina, 3; and Samuel, 3 1/2 months.
I have three children who fall into the vulnerable age range, Affleck said.
I cannot imagine what it would've been like driving my wife to the hospital pregnant, about to give birth and thinking to myself well there's a 15 percent chance that each of these children won't live to be five years old.
To bring in that change it takes just a 30 dollars donation per child for supplies that would fit in a backpack, like net, nutritional supplements, re-hydration solution and a bag mask to help a newborn baby breathe.
Much of the time, saving a child's life is as simple as ensuring kids sleep under bed nets to avoid malaria, Affleck, who runs a charity helping women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, added. (ANI)