With your support and the matched donations from organizations like Seadream Family Foundation and Mastercard Impact Fund, we raised over $3 million for vaccine equity to fight the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
On May 6th, we shared our call to action with you, to help communities, families, and individuals around the world who are not being given fair and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. As campaign chairs of Vax Live, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex invited supporters to do their part to create vaccine equity, including calling on anyone who was able to make a small donation to support this effort.
Every dollar that you generously contributed was matched dollar-for-dollar by organizations like Seadream Family Foundation and Mastercard Impact Fund to bring the total of funding for this cause to over $3 million!
Congratulations and thank you for helping to make the world a more compassionate and equitable place. We are proud to have you as part of the Archewell community. As evidenced through this activation, our shared purpose can yield extraordinary results. Look at what happens when we come together for the greater good!
Well done, to each of every one of you, and thank you from The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and all of us at Archewell.
See below for the original story posted on May 6, 2021:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex invite community support for vaccine equity to mark their son’s second birthday.
We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie’s birthday. Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful.
This year, our world continues to be on the path to recovery from COVID-19. Yet too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic. While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start.
We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine. And with that intention, we are inviting you to contribute whatever you can—if you have the means to do so—to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places.
For a donation of just $5, you can cover the cost of a dose for someone in need. And because we were able to secure matching support from a number of organizations, that $5 you give will automatically turn into $20—covering the cost of four doses. Every single dollar counts—not only will it help save lives but it will help save families and communities.
We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.
Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another.
Thank you for celebrating with us,
From Team Archewell:
Archewell, in partnership with Global Citizen and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, is working to ensure that people in all corners of the world can get equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of their wealth or circumstance. A donation of $5 will cover the cost of a single dose for someone in need, and your donation will be made to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which buys COVID-19 vaccines for the world, prioritizing those who need them the most in countries that cannot afford them. There is no minimum donation—every dollar counts.
As part of this initiative, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Global Citizen have secured matching donations of up to $3 million from organizations including the Seadream Family Foundation and Mastercard Impact Fund. That means if you give $5, it will turn into $20, which is the amount needed to fund four vaccine doses.