And just like that it was over and Team Honk were back in the UK. Our trip to Ghana had only been for 48 hours but we certainly felt we had seen and done everything! We visited four projects, all supported by Comic Relief. Ranging from the bakery to a mental health project to a school. And of course the Vaccine project in Accra that featured in all of the radio and television coverage of the Good Work celebrations. One of the most surreal experiences of my life sitting in a side room talking to Jonathan Ross about one of his many visits to Japan one minute and then seeing him talking in to a mobile live on Absolute Radio the next.
Before we left somebody said to me, wisely, don’t cry in front of anybody. Whatever you do. This is their life and if they see you crying what hope will they have. Wise words that I took with me and when we visited the slum I made sure I had them at the front of mind. Yet having visited the slum not once did I want to cry. In fact, no once during the whole trip did I want to cry. What we saw were stories of amazing resilience. And a fierce determination to better their situation. Women have sought out training offered by organisations funded by Comic Relief and then been lent money to start their own businesses. Businesses that allow them to not only support themselves but also their siblings.
The lady who is now a hairdresser, training other women to be hairdressers; Theresa who makes hair products from a family recipe that is now so successful that she has expanded from her tiny house in the slum to a warehouse that allows her to export to the north of the country; Pauline who started a school in a wooden shack for twelve children ten years ago who now has a purpose built brick school educating 250 children.
Thinking back on it now makes me want to cry. It was such a privilege to be guests of Comic Relief and be able to share with everybody the Good Work that has been achieved in the last 25 years. And has given us a real determination to fund raise in order to contribute to that good work.
Would you like to help fund raise and join Team Honk?
We have set up two fund raising pages. One for Team Honk where you can join up if you too would like to fund raise. Think of something that fits “25 shades of fund raising”, so wearing a onesie for 25 hours / sponsored silence for 25 minutes or hours? And create your own page within Team Honk. http://my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/TeamHonk Or you can just sponsor somebody else within the team.
Or if you want a challenge how about joining us in climbing Snowdon? http://my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/TeamHonkSnowdonChallenge is where you can sign up if you want to come along and climb on March 2nd. Or you can just sponsor the team doing it!
if you do sign up, do blog about it! We will be creating another linky on teamhonk.org and want to hear all about it so we can share with everybody your contribution to the next twenty five years of Good Work.