This time last year we were celebrating 25 years of Comic Relief, and I wrote here about the amazing trip to Ghana undertaken by 3 of our most imaginative and fabulous bloggers, Tanya aka Mummy Barrow, Annie aka Mammasaurus and Penny from Alexander Residence.
Thus was born the fundraising dream team Team Honk – and on their return from Ghana did this trio put their feet up and rest on their laurels? Honking hell did they! They thought they had better get fund raising for Red Nose Day and quick sharp there they were organising an expedition up Snowdon, getting their hair cut off, and generally mobilising other honkers to get involved. From then on the relationship between Comic Relief and Team Honk continues to get stronger and stronger.
Anyway, this year Team Honk has already gone into overdrive. As I write, we are in the middle of a team relay which is traversing the whole country, with at least 200 bloggers getting involved for Sport Relief 2014. Since 12th January when the baton first left Land’s End we have been physically getting off our seats to join in the nationwide team relay, which is travelling all the way up to John O’Groats and is due to arrive on 23rd March. This date also coincides with the weekend of the first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, when you can all get involved (see below for more info).
We are forming separate relays in each area and handing the baton on to the next team along, and we are making our way across our part of the route by any means possible. I am of course part of London’s bit of the relay. It’s been masterminded by three ladies I can’t wait to meet, Vanessa from HPMcQ, Sophie from Franglaise Mummy and Sarah from Grenglish Blog. Along with about 30 others, who are dipping in and out of the day as work/childcare routines allow, we are going to be playing ‘Honkopoly’, like a honking big Monopoly game. It will entail getting from one Honkopoly street to the next, by scooter, pushing buggies, on London buses, walking and running, passing Go and ideally not Going to Jail.
If you are around town on February 5th, look out for a gaggle of women and children in bright red Sport Relief onesies and Monopoly-themed top hats – I doubt you’ll miss us! Between around 1.30 and 4pm I will be visiting Euston Road, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel and trying to tweet and Instagram as I do it (this might mean I end up nose-down on the ground). Do come and help me up and cheer me on and feel free to drop cash into my bucket!
In the run up to the London Honkopoly, my favourite part has been reading so many different personal accounts of this story, as the bloggers I have never met but know all about are making their way across the relay with their friends, family and kids. We are all doing it thanks to the support of many others – please do read an enormously long list of thank yous here – it is heart-warming to see how many companies have donated outfits and services and ice cream sundaes to this effort.
On the Team Honk web page which you must look at here there is a ‘linky’ I adore, a page which holds all the blog posts which are being written by participants and ‘social honkers’ about the whole relay. At the time of writing there are 104 posts and counting… and we still have London to go and 7 more weeks of the relay. Just never underestimate the power of the blogger!
So to get to the point of this post, please see below for how to sponsor me for being a part of this massive honking event:
The link for donating to the London team is here:
If you prefer to donate by text:
Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief
To help you decide how much to donate, even a pound or a fiver can help:
• £1 could provide a hot meal for a child in the UK living in extreme poverty.
• £5 could pay for a mosquito net to protect a mother and her baby in Africa from contracting malaria while they sleep.
• £10 could enable an older person in the UK who just lost someone they love to attend a group activity.
• £25 could run a sports session for disabled children in the UK, giving them the chance to play with other young people.
• £100 could feed 200 children living on the streets in India for one day.
• £300 could provide a water point in the slums of Tanzania, giving hundreds of families access to safe, clean water.
• £500 could provide six months of support for a young person in the UK with mental health issues.
The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.
A honktastic thank you to everyone who manages to sponsor Team Honk for this event – we are aiming to reach a grand total of £20,000 across all teams – just think of the people we can help if we do this together.
All Honkopoly artwork by Oliver aka Mr McQuitty Ltd so massive props and honks to him!