TOMORROW is Father’s Day and I’ll be with my family at our home in LA enjoying time together and looking forward to the arrival of our baby girl in just a few weeks.
Being a parent is very rewarding but as mums and dads everywhere know all too well, having kids certainly keeps you on your toes.
We’re really lucky to live in a place where we can make sure our kids are well looked after.
I know that for many families around the world, it is very difficult as they live with the threat of serious diseases such as malaria.
This is not something that people in the UK or US need to really think about, but in Africa it’s a daily threat to family life.
I’ve learned about malaria from my time in Sierra Leone and South Africa as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and also from my role on the Leadership Council with Malaria No More UK.
It’s a privilege to support these charities who do such important work to protect vulnerable families around the world.
Helping hand … David Beckham visiting Sierra Leone in 2008Having a family and expecting a new baby should be a special time to be enjoyed, but in parts of Africa the day-to-day reality is that your wife or one of your children might well catch malaria and there is nothing you can do about it - it must be awful.
No father anywhere should lose his family to malaria.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to live with this constant fear for your family, as so many dads will be doing right now. If your child does catch malaria they’ll need lifesaving medicine quickly.
This can be a real problem if you don’t have much money and the closest hospital or clinic is miles away, so you’ve got no choice but to walk there which can take days.
Although malaria is preventable and treatable, malaria during pregnancy still claims the lives of 10,000 pregnant women and 200,000 babies each year.
I’m fortunate that I can do something to help. That’s why I back Malaria No More.
People need to know about the charity’s goal to help end deaths from malaria and that our support is making a difference.
Last year the charity helped protect more than two million people from the disease in Africa.
In the last ten years global malaria deaths have dropped by 20 per cent - this is really great news.
Simple things such as mosquito nets help save lives and I’d encourage anyone who can to donate to Malaria No More UK this Father’s Day.
A little really does go a long way - and a donation of just £5 is enough to buy, deliver and hang a mosquito net to protect a mother and child in Africa.