A Superhero for Every Child

Save the Children and BAFTA award-winning film makers Don’t Panic unveiled a powerful short film to help raise global awareness of the millions of children struggling to survive in some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities on the planet.

A staggering 17,000 children under-five are still dying every day from easily preventable causes such as malaria and diarrhea, suffering from poor or non-existent access to medicines and skilled health workers, in regions and countries where extreme poverty is widespread.

The film ‘Superheroes’ follows a group of journalists investigating multiple sightings of ‘flying figures’ – real life health workers that many children regard as superheroes. The film crew have heard the stories of these mythical figures and are on their trail, determined to be the first to capture evidence of these anonymous protagonists on camera.

Travelling across the globe, from Mexico to Kenya to India, the crew document the moving stories of young boys and girls who claim to have been saved by these elusive heroes.These are real children – not actors – but children who are supported by Save the Children’s international work and filmed in their real life settings.

The release of the innovative film coincides with Save the Children’s annual global campaign mobilisation event, Race for Survival, and the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on October 17th.

Thousands of children in over 50 countries will take to the streets in organised running races, to help amplify the voices of millions children living in the world’s most unforgiving environments. Race for Survival is Save the Children’s biggest global campaign event that is entirely child-powered and focussed on giving a powerful push towards attaining the MDG4 goal – to reduce child mortality by two-thirds. We’re campaigning so that every child is within reach of the quality care they deserve. We want everyone to take action by sharing the film and help spread the powerful stories of children who survive against the odds”.


Race for Survival – Take Action!


Every five seconds, a child dies needlessly from preventable causes and Save the Children’s Global Day of Action on October 23rd is shining a light on the gross injustice of preventable child deaths and pushing for accelerated progress to save children’s lives. This year over 50,000 children in more than 67 countries – from Iraq, to Nepal to Ethiopia – will participate in a global relay race to call on their leaders to take urgent action in the fight against preventable child deaths.

Save the Children today launched a star-studded film called “Race for Survival”, featuring Hollywood star, Isla Fisher, former Kenyan world record holder, Patrick Makau Musyoki, Bollywood megastar, Kunal Kapoor and US actor, Cameron Boyce.

The short film, aimed at galvanising world action against preventable child death, has each of the stars running a leg of a relay race, in different corners of the world. The race kicks off in Kenya, with athlete Patrick Makau Musyoki, deftly gliding through rural countryside. Cut to Bollywood’s Kunal Kapoor as he charges past ruins on the outskirts of Mumbai, before passing the baton to the US, to Actress Isla Fisher.

The action-packed film also features children, young acrobats, parkourists and free-runners from around the world and was exec-produced by renowned music video producer Nabil Elderkin, best known for his work with Kanye West, John Legend and the Arctic Monkeys.

Kunal Kapoor said: “This breath-taking film is energetic, exciting and fun. It is a celebration of the power, resilience and ingenuity of children and young people around the world. I have seen first-hand the work done by Save the Children and ask people to back their global campaign to save children’s lives.”

Isla Fisher said “I recently visited Save the Children’s work in Brazil and there is nothing more important than making sure every child gets the health and nutrition they need. All children should be able to reach their potential”.

Former world record holder, Patrick Makau said: “Dramatic progress is being made around the world in saving children’s lives from poverty and disease. Change is possible and I encourage people to join Save the Children’s campaign and be part of this movement. Growing up is hard enough. It shouldn’t be a race for survival.”

Jasmine Whitbread, CEO of Save the Children said: “Our global ambassadors have given their support to this critical issue. We want this energetic film to inspire people to take action all around the world. All children must be able to access life-saving care and given the opportunity to thrive, no matter where they are born.”

To view the film, and to find out how to take part in the Race for Survival visit: http://www.savethechildren.net/raceforsurvival/

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