international womens day 2014 #lastingchange

over the last few days penny, annie and tanya from team honk have been helping comic relief raise awareness and vital funds by visiting projects in tanzania, highlighting where #lastingchange is improving not just one person’s life but impacting on whole communities. these projects have helped women get jobs, start businesses and most importantly secure a future for their families and communities.

the gatsby trust trains and mentors women, helping them to get their business off the ground. it can be anything from soap making to textiles. over the last three years comic relief has awarded the gatsby trust a grant of £264,959 so that the trust can continue helping women in very challenging environments to change their lives.

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we did it! #teamhonkrelay #honkopoly

well well well, what a day. jet lagged, daunted, belly laughs, tiring, surreal, emotional, cold, wet and very windy, but 15 miles later we made it. read about the full route here.

we started early at the comic relief headquarters, where we met with the sports relief team for some photos and a very quick interview. take a peak at the video they made below.

the morning was bright and sunny and we were rather hoping that it might stay that way all day long. however this was not to be, it rained, and it was very windy, but actually it didn’t dampen our spirits in any way what so ever as we marched our way through the streets of london.

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dry run #teamhonkrelay #honkopoly

on the 5th of february team honk in the form of honkopoly will be hitting the streets of london, you can read all about it here. however before the big event we thought we schould probably scope out the legs of our 15 mile route and that they are workable, and be sure of our meeting points, places where we can stop for a pee and somewhere to pick up teas & coffee.

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#teamhonkrelay sports relief 2014

you may or may not remember the sterling work that annie from mammasaurus, tanya from mummy barrow and penny from a residence did last year raising money for comic relief as #teamhonk as part of the 25th anniversary fund raising spectacular. they travelled to africa and live blogged & vlogged about their experience and sharing the work that comic relief carries out to help the communities in ghana. if you want to refresh your memory or read their story you can find it here and here.

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365 21.12.13

i was on my way through east dulwich today, when i spotted this little beauty on a wall. isn’t he glorious. there was a calling card at the bottom any surface it said. i looked it up when i got home, and it turns out that it is a london based creative agency, which hosts a multi skilled team of artists, designers, painters and illustrators. they create bespoke artwork both commercially and privately. i don’t know who the artist is, but i’m going to find out as i love it. i think it must be the same person of what i spotted the other week too. we have a very large white wall at the front of our house, could we be brave enough? what would the neighbours say?

any surface

christmas jumper day 13.12.13

save the children christmas jumper day

i know i know i haven’t given you enough warning but did you know that tomorrow is save the children’s christmas jumper day? yes i know fabulous isn’t it.

save the children are calling on all across the country to don their favourite wooly christmas knit of splendor in exchange for a £1 donation (or more) to raise money for its life saving work with children all over the world.

joining in couldn’t be simpler.

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a global vigil

anniversaries are normally a time for celebration. a time of rejoice and happiness. this is nothing to celebrate.

the 15th march 2013 marks a two-year anniversary. two years since the start of the uprising in syria. two years in which the children of syria children have endured appalling suffering. the children’s plight is hidden within this conflict and this needs to end, it HAS to end. we all need to act quickly and we need to act NOW.

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#teamhonk 04-05.2013 a digital postcard from ghana

school children in africa

“these are children from a school on the edge of a slum. origionally a wooden hut teaching 25 children it’s now been extended, built with blocks and teaches 250! these little ones followed us around as they really wanted their photo taken so that they could see themselves in the preview screen!”

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#teamhonk 04-05.02.13

today in ghana, the most wonderful ladies will be hitting the town. well actually no, not the town but four projects which have the support of comic relief. did you know that the very first red nose day took place an unbelievable 25 years ago tomorrow and to mark this spectacular occasion and the 600m raised, comic relief would like to celebrate the progress in africa and the difference that has been made by the money raised by the british public.

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3 – blog it for babies

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so 15 days after my due date i was summoned to the hospital, 7.30 in the morning we left the house and walked waddled the short distance round the corner to the hospital. once at the hospital i was promptly induced. i had hoped for a water birth and was pleased to hear that the birthing pool was free, however i was never to use it. the gas and air, was hopeless as i experienced minor panic attacks as i found it hard exhale. oliver on the other hand was enjoying it on the sly when no one was looking! i had tried to breathe my way through most of the contractions but i was struggling and getting tired. it was clear that the pethidine was pointless and so after 15 hours of labour i requested an epidural. i was exhausted and i really couldn’t manage the pain by myself anymore. the main problem was that i seemed to be stuck. i had dilated, but i had stopped at 7cm and i wasn’t going anywhere fast. my waters refused to break and it eventually took 3 attempts to break them!

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seeing things differently

wow so yesterday was interesting. it very nearly didn’t happen, that’s right i nearly said

“i’d rather be poorly sighted, get me out of here!”

it was all going well, i got to the clinic in plenty of time and filled in numerous pieces paper work. i met the surgeon, who was a lovely lovely chap and he made me feel really relaxed. he gave my eyes the final check over and ok’d me for the procedure. i then met the surgeons assistant who talked me through all the do’s and don’t for the next 48 hrs and then the following 2 weeks. he talked me through the copious amounts of different drops that i needed for my eyes and when and how to take them. he then put various drops in my eyes, anaesthetics etc and also gave my eyes a quick wipe over with iodine. i had a nice little hair net and blue shoe covers put on and i was ready for eyeball a go go.

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the fear

oh my lord in under 6 hours my eyeballs are being lasered. what am i doing? feeling a little bit sick about it right now. fuck. lasers opening my eyes having a poke around then lasering the heck out of them. what? do i really need to be doing this? i look alright in glasses, shall i keep the glasses? oh lord someone slap me. this has taken 10 years to get to this point and now i am seriously doubting that i am making the right choice. i keep get texts and messages from friend and family saying good luck? why do i need good luck? these people know what they are doing right? they’ve done this shizzle before, i’m not the first? am i? oh fuck am i the first. no no no no they have testimonials. the girl opposite me has had hers done, they look alright, she can see ok. oh man.

new eyeballs

for years i have been fanning around. i quite like glasses, i think i look alright in glasses. but they are a pain in the backside. you forget them, you loose them, you break them, drunk knobs want to try them on, babies love pulling them off your face and poking you in the eye all at the same time, generally all a bit annoying apart from the fact that actually give you the gift of sight. which at times is quite handy. yes i could have contacts, but seriously i should never be allowed to poke my finger in my eye, irreversible damage would be caused in just one day. so no to contacts, thanks but no thanks.

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2 – blog it for babies

do you have 2 minutes? actually 2 minutes and 21 seconds. please take the time to watch this video. if you would like to help raise funds for this cause please head over to blog it for babies where you can donate to the just giving page. thank you in advance for your support.

blog it for babies

today my saturday was dedicated to getting a greater understanding on how i can use something that i do a hobby to help babies and families in places far from my own home and in far far less fortunate situations than my own.

i attended the creating connections – blogger and vlogger conference 2012, organised by save the children to share with us their latest global project, build it for babies.

i took away many things from the day, including new friends. i have shortlisted the main points & issues that made me stop and think about how very very lucky me and my family are.

bangladesh

  • 50% of babies born in bangladesh do not survive the first 28 days of their lives
  • 50% of those that die, will die within their very first hours & days of their existence
  • 1 in 19 babies fail to see their 5th birthday
  • in one village alone 9 out of 10 women had lost children, 1 mother having lost 6

the main cause of death is because access to even just basic healthcare is hugely limited. for those living in rural areas it will often be a 6 hours gruelling journey to reach their nearest clinic. because of this, huge numbers of babies are dying, and at outrageous levels and mainly from highly preventable and treatable conditions such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.

rwanda

  • parents do not name their children in the first 8 days of their lives as they are unlikely to survive
  • food is available but there is little knowledge about nutrition and hygiene. this is the main cause of malnutrition
  • 44% of children in rwanda suffer both from physical and mental stunting because of malnutrition
  • 1/3 of child deaths in rwanda are attributed to an underlying factor of malnutrition
  • many babies are already born malnourished due to poor diet during their mothers pregnancy
  • the first 1000 days from conception are the critical moments where the right nutritional diet can prevent stunting in children

the appeal 

save the children are looking to raise £1m to build 7 life changing clinics in the remote north-east parts of bangladesh, baniachong and ajmeriganj.

  • each clinic will cost £150k to build, equip, staff and medicate
  • each clinic will be able to help 21,500 women of child-bearing age with information on family planning
  • provide 3,000 with antenatal care
  • 2,190 babies with postnatal care
  • educate the mothers of 2,218 children up to age of one on how to successfully breast feed and ween their children therefore reducing the chances of any life-threating diseases
  • advise 43,600 people on how to stay healthy and where to go to get help that they might need

so what can we do?

if you have 1 minute, why not text BRICK to 70008 and donate £5 or text XVRL71 £1 to 70070 and donate £1 and help save the children and blog it for babies launch their bangladesh clinic appeal

if you have 2 minutes, why don’t you sign the save the children break the chains of hunger  chain letter to david cameron. at the g8 summit in may, there is an opportunity to free millions of children in this world from a life of hunger.

if you have a blog use it, and blog it for babies. a genius campaign from the mother of all bloggers mammasaurus, who will be bringing the digital campaign to the real world by travelling up, down and across the country, bringing like-minded bloggers together to raise awareness and essential cash to build these much-needed clinics. you can read all about the campaign, the events and the schedule here.

if you can bake, and have a favourite cup cake recipe why not submit it to bake it for babies. we are working on pulling together bloggers favourite recipes, and making a book. the truly amazing doodle mum has offered her wonderful services to help illustrate. the book will be sold to raise funds for the build it for babies cause.

other ways to help?

share it, blog about it, re-blog it, tweet about it, retweet it, post about it on face book, tumblr, stumble upon, google+ get the message out as far as we can. and if you have any super fantastic ideas on how we can get message out to further please care to share them.

 

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