I’m part of Team Honk
If you’re a blogger, you may well already have heard of Team Honk, but there are probably still people around who haven’t. And that just won’t do now, will it?
#TeamHonk was born when two fantastic bloggers, Annie Spratt from Mammasaurus and Tanya Barrow from Mummy Barrow contacted Comic Relief in 2012 to discuss blogger fundraising. As a result these two ladies and Penny Alexander from The Alexander Residence were invited to fly to Ghana to live blog and tweet the charity’s 25th birthday celebrations. But these three ladies aren’t the blogger success stories they are from just writing an account of their experiences there. Instead they gave each blogger that had signed up to write a post as part of what was now known as Team Honk, a unique digital postcard from one of the four projects they visited. This culminated in more than two hundred and fifty posts linking up at Team Honk’s site – by far the biggest number of posts ever seen by a charity parent blogging campaign.
On their return, Team Honk vowed to continue their work and their next challenge was to climb Mount Snowdon. Twenty bloggers made the peak and raised £10,000 between them. Once other, smaller fundraising projects were added in, the total soon climbed to £20,000!
The next step was to join up with Sport Relief in 2014 and this is where the Team Honk Relay came into being. The Blogger Relay Challenge involves over 200 parent bloggers, with their friends and families in 38 regional teams, as they take turns to pass the baton from Land’s End to John O’ Groats between 12 January and 23 March. The aim is to raise over £20,000 for Sport Relief. Just about every mode of transport imaginable is going to be used from pushchair pushes, roller blading across the Humber, boating round Bristol, #Honkopoly around London, fancy dress, onesies, bikes, scooters, planes, hiking, rafting and mountain climbing.
The baton is now on its way across the country and I am very excited to announce that I am going to be a part of it.
I am joining up with Bex from The Mummy Adventure to take the baton from Dover to Gravesend. We will be collecting it from the world famous Dover Castle on Wednesday 22 January and will bring it back to Thanet to take our children on a three mile Little Tikes Toddle in Cozy Coupes along the seafront from Ramsgate to Broadstairs before whisking it on its way to Gravesend for the next leg of its journey.
And we need your help. It would be fantastic to make the journey from Dover to Thanet or from Thanet to Gravesend more spectacular, more imaginative. So if you have a boat, a jetski, a bus or a business that can help, please get in touch. We need photo opportunities, refreshments en route and lots and lots of local support. We will be tweeting as we go, posting on our blogs, Facebook and Instagram and these will also be shared by the Sport Relief and Team Honk social media accounts, with a massive UK reach. There is also a Thank You page on the official Team Honk website which we can add your details to for additional promotion.
And if you can’t help in some way, you can of course DONATE! We have a Dover Team fundraising page here: http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/doverteamhonk or you can Text HONK to 70005 to easily donate £5 to Sport Relief.
Alternatively, why not take part in the first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games which 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.