One of the many things the British do well is creative fundraising for charities. It’s a thing they love to do. I usually quietly set up my direct debits to chosen charities, or drop the pound coins into rattling buckets at the entrance to the grocery store, or sponsor a school child on a walk for this or that. But I have never joined in, actively thrown myself into a loud and colourful campaign to raise funds from others for something I believe in. It always felt too much like the door-to-door knocking for Girls Scout cookies, which I hated. Even though I think most people were happy to buy them (because, come on, Samoas? People couldn’t resist those babies), I still hated asking people to do this thing for me.
But all of a sudden I find myself in the midst of one of those loud and colourful events to raise money for charity.
(I actually volunteered. I willingly joined in.)
I blame it on social media. Through blogs, Twitter and Facebook I have been reading and watching the three musketeers of Team Honk, Tanya, Annie and Penny, as they plot new ways of raising awareness and money for extremely disadvantaged people in the UK and overseas. I followed their story; I became interested to see what they’d do next and how they’d do it. And I saw others doing the same as me, people who similarly never really got involved were now really joining in with this story.
And then I realised that yeah, this is pretty cool. This loud and colourful Team Honk is really, REALLY raising awareness of the desperate situation other people find themselves in and showing us how we can actually help. Yes, really, there is help available for people and we can make it happen. Better than Girl Scout cookies any day.
So when Team Honk announced their latest idea for raising money for Sport Relief, a blogger relay around the UK, I signed up! You betcha. (That’s Minnesotan for: of course I did.) And together with fellow local bloggers, Kelly Robertson (A Real Bride’s Guide) and Mary Key (Keynko) we’ll be hosting a coffee morning at St Mary’s Church, Broomfield in Chelmsford (Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/qr7gI) on Monday 27th January (that’s two weeks from today). I would be delighted if you could join us! Please do And bring your spare change, if you think of it, to add to our donations and sponsor our leg of the Team Honk Sport Relief relay.
And then, Kelly, Mary and I will carry the baton via an American-style roadtrip up the A12 to the next leg in the blogger relay in Southwold, stopping at all the touristy spots along the way, taking touristy snapshots and tweeting, Instagramming and Facebooking them as we go. We’ll bring a rattling bucket to collect donations for this amazing cause at each of our stops. You can follow our progress on Twitter and Instagram by using this hashtag: #teamhonkrelay
Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief
More information on Sports Relief
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.
PS Yes, in the great tradition of British Fancy Dress, the three of us will be wearing silly hats on our roadtrip. Can you guess what they might be?