The second 'guest' post in our Mama Activism series is a digital postcard from the wonderful Team HONK on their Red Nose Day mission to Ghana.
The postcard came from Annie Spratt (@Mammasaurus). Along with fellow mum bloggers @aresidence and @mummybarrow, Annie has been visiting projects in Ghana that have benefited from funds raised through Red Nose Day and spreading the word about the #goodwork.
How does this 'good work' work? Well, three mums from the UK head off on a life-changing trip to meet mums in Ghana. They tweet, they blog, they send digital postcards like this. The mum blogging community supports them, shares their posts, shares digital postcards they recieve, tells more and more people about the legacy of activism. We share each others posts, and posts about posts. We post about other people's posts about posts. Again and again, we use our voices to take the message to many more.
And so Team HONK is an inspiring and amazingly simple example of mums using our incredible community-building power to spread a cause to the world at large. It reminds us that yes, mums can change the world.
Here's my digital postcard:
"This morning we visited a vaccine clinic in Accra and observed mothers taking babies for their jabs. This young man had just received a vaccination. The vaccination programme is as well structured as in the UK but much more frequent and intense, often with five vaccinations being given at one visit.
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"
I love this photo. It's a moment I recognise from my own mothering - holding my children tight as they experience a small amount of pain to fend off a much greater one. Reminding them to blow out as the needle goes in. Breastfeeding them immediately afterwards, rewarding their bravery with a huge cuddle.
It's wonderful to think that donations and events I've been involved in have helped to make it an everyday moment for this mother too.
Together, we've helped to shape that gorgeous smile and her son's future. This photo is beautiful evidence that we CAN and we ARE making a difference. Activate Mama Bloggers!
For other digital postcards check out the linky onwww.teamhonk.org
And please sign Save the Children’s Race Against Hunger campaign petition.