My son’s 11. When he’s not at school he loves spending time with his friends and playing football. Joseph is also 11. He lives in Ghana and, because of poverty and hunger, works in a gold mine. Children in the mines are exposed to the dangers of pits collapsing, the long term effects on their health of inhaling rock dust and of carrying heavy loads. I can’t begin to imagine my son doing what Joseph has to do. When I read Joseph’s story here it made me cry.
Crying won’t help, but I’m going to do something that might. I’m taking part in a sponsored relay for Sport Relief this Wednesday in London. The money raised for Sport Relief will go to Comic Relief to support their projects in the UK and overseas.
The relay is part of the Team Honk challenge which is carrying a baton over 3,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats by blogger power. The baton is criss-crossing the country as it passes from blogger to blogger with the aim of raising £20,000 for Sport Relief.
We’re using any way we can to transport the baton: walking, cycling, running, pram pushing – I think an elephant is even involved at some point. I’ll be whizzing along with the London team on a scooter (below) which Micro Scooters have donated for the purpose and which will then be auctioned off to add to the fund-raising target (let me know if you’d like to bid for it):
I’ll try not to fall off. The London part of the relay has a Monopoly theme and we’ll be trying to cover as much of the Monopoly board as we can. I’ll be scootering in the unholy combination of an official Sport Relief red onesie, to keep me warm, and a top hat, in a nod to the Monopoly theme. Sorry about that.
Money from Comic Relief has helped give Joseph and other children working in the mines access to schooling. Joseph says that he’d like to be a maths teacher when he grows up. I hope that the support he’s now getting will help that happen.
If you’d like to help children like Joseph then please sponsor us via the London Team Honk Sport Relief giving page or text HONK to 70005 and donate £5. Thank you!