Where do I start?!
If you haven’t already heard about all the #goodwork furore surrounding the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief, then you must have been on another planet!
Yes, it has been 25 years already. Can you believe it? It is something that we have all grown up with – wearing the famous red noses (even though we couldn’t breathe), watching the hilarious entertainment on TV, the excitement of the barometer climbing as live donations came pouring in, and of course the pictures of the sad, hungry, poverty stricken families in third world countries (I personally had to switch the channel at this point as it always made me cry).
The cynical ones amongst us always wonder where our good money is going, and whether it is actually going to benefit people in need. Well, three lucky, young ladies (Annie of Mammasaurus fame, Penny from the Alexander Residence and Tanya a.k.a. Mummy Barrow) had a chance to become part of the Comic Relief family that flew out to Accra in Ghana in order to find out and report back on all the good work that has been done from your donations.
One of the projects that they attended was a Vaccine clinic in Accra where they observed mothers taking babies for their jabs. Below is a digital postcard that Annie kindly sent showing mothers waiting with their children and holding Child Health Record books to see the nurse who will vaccinate their child. The clinic also issues Birth certificates as many of these women will have given birth at home.
These kind of clinics are lifesavers for these children and can literally mean the difference between life and death. I remember attending similar medical camps in Kenya with my dad who is a GP. He and others gave free check ups and treatment to everybody who turned up. It is a great feeling to be able to help those who are less fortunate then ourselves, but who deserve our help and care just as much as anybody else.
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