|IBFAN congratulates Patti Rundall of Baby MilkAction, on receiving the prestigious Order of the British Empire Award! The award is in recognition of Ms. Rundall's tireless and passionate work on behalf of mothers and babies for over 20 years with the UK group.
by John Rundall
OBE outside Buckingham Palace after the investiture, with staff and
volunteers from the Baby Milk Action office.
Baby Milk Action was started in 1978 as a coalition of NGOs (such as
OXFAM, War on Want and NCT) and individuals including Gay Palmer, Jean Rowe,
Andy Chetley and Sadru Kheraj. Initially work was co-ordinated from the War
on Want office in London and by Sadru Kheraj, who was a medical student at
Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1980 Ms. Rundall joined as a full-time
volunteer and for the next few years it was run from her kitchen and then
from a neighbour's spare room. From this modest start Baby Milk Action has
grown and now has an office in Cambridge, five paid staff and many more
volunteers. Over the years Ms. Rundall has developed an extensive knowledge,
not just about infant feeding, but also about legislation, development
issues, politics and company marketing strategies. She is also on the
Humanitarian shortlist for the European Women of Achievement Awards 2000,
organized by European Union of Women.
--By Lisa Woodburn, Baby Milk Action