Comic Relief hasn’t really been on my radar for the last few years.
I loved it when I was a kid – the anticipation every two years of finding out what the red nose was going to look like (my favourite remains the fluffy one), the daft fundraising events that people would do at school, the evening of television with all sorts of celebs being silly, all my favourite boybands doing novelty songs – but I have to admit that more recently Red Nose Day has passed by without me really noticing.
Not so this year. This year marks 25 years of Red Nose Day, and a great celebration of all the good work that has taken place since 1988.
As part of that celebration, three of my favourite bloggers – Mammasaurus, Mummy Barrow and Penny Alexander – known collectively as Team Honk – have just been to Ghana, to visit some of the projects that are funded by Comic Relief. Along with Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross, they visited a bakery, a mental health project, a community project and a vaccination centre, all in the space of two days.
I can only imagine what an overwhelming experience it was – shocking and saddening in parts, but inspiring, educational, and uplifting too. Team Honk have done an incredible job of sharing their experiences with the wider blogging community, and I can’t wait to see more of their posts about the visit over the coming weeks.
As part of the trip, they sent every interested blogger a ‘Postcard from Ghana’ – a unique image from the trip, along with some explanatory text, for us to share on our own blogs. I am so proud to share my postcard with you here.
This morning we visited a vaccine project where babies and young children were receiving the rotavirus inoculation. This little girl had been weighed and measured and sat with her mother in a shady corridor waiting to take her turn.It was striking just how quiet the children were, presumably the heat zaps their energy – it was 93 degrees fahrenheit. I played peekaboo from behind my hands and she was staring very intently – I think she was trying to work me out!
For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at rednoseday.com
Love from Team Honk
There has been incredible support for Team Honk from the blogging community. So far, more than 175 blog posts about Comic Relief the Ghana trip have been linked up over on their website. For more beautiful postcards like the one shared above, and to learn about the other projects they visited, I’d encourage you to head over to the Team Honk website by clicking on the badge below.
Thanks so much for posting about #GoodWork
Do you know what, I don’t think we were saddened by what we saw. There was so much joy and hope and despite having virtually nothing everybody was happy. Really made me re-assess what is important in life.
#TeamHonk have been blown away by all the support.
That’s so lovely to know. Hurrah for Team Honk!
I agree totally that Comic Relief fell off my radar too, it was a school thing and then something my kids did at school. Will be joining in big style now!
What a sweet little girl! Have to say, I have really enjoyed looking at them all. Is great to see all the #goodwork that Comic Relief has been doing over the years.
So inspiring isn’t it? xx
What a great week this has been supporting #TeamHonk. That’s a gorgeous photograph!
Isn’t it lovely?! Such a brilliant idea to do unique photos for every blogger x
It’s great to be supporting such a worthy cause. And what a great way to raise awareness through blogs #TeamHonk.
Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂 x
Thank you ever so much for this, and for emailing to check I was ok when I got back – you are a true friend missus x ps. I nearly forgot *HONK*
HONK to you too! xx
Fascinating stuff. This touches two of my clients – one of whom is a big cocoa producer in Ghana – while the other is providing lots of similar vaccinations for rotavirus free of charge in Africa. And while it’s a shame that charities like comic relief need to do more to promote this stuff, it’s also heartening to know that with good will and sensible interventions coming from different individuals in different walks of life, a real difference can be made.
Wow, Ben, sounds like you have an incredible job at the moment!