Motherhood. Here in the U.K. it’s finally become okay to open up and talk about how tough it can be. The sleepless nights, the never ending nappies, the loss of identity. Let alone the unexpected health issues which can crop up along the way – breastfeeding troubles, tongue tie, post natal depression, constipation, lactose intolerance…I could go on but let’s face it, we all know the score.
So now, just for a moment, imagine the struggles you faced as a new Mum as if you were living in Rural Africa. Without the endless support of google at the fingertips, a loving support network of Mums down at the playgroup, and free and easy access to healthcare.
It’s exactly this which results in 1 in every 26 babies born in Meru, Kenya to never see their first birthday.
This is their reality. Along with a 30% female genital mutilation rate and a damaging social culture towards women. Just 17% of women attend their antenatal appointment, and 26% accept any postnatal care.
Child.Org launched a new campaign, #TeamMum on the first of February 2019. I attended the launch as a #TeamMum partner, pledging to do my bit to publicise the charity, raise awareness, and more still, raise some hard cash. They aim to raise £150,000, and every pound raised before the 30th April 2019 which will be matched by the U.K. government through UK Aid Match.
So I’ve come up with an idea to utilise the stuff we as Mums already have but I need your help…
If you have ever felt you wanted to make a difference but didn’t know how, this is a simple action to turn your first world storage problem into a third world solution.
I’m not bathing in beans, asking for the cash in your pocket or selling stuff you don’t need (you already have enough of that). This campaign is about utilising the stuff we already have as Mums lucky enough to have won on the geographical lottery. It’s breathing new life into old things and empowering you to take a small action, which will benefit a real community of Mothers and their children.
#SellOneThing : How it works
- Look around you and take a moment to see all that you have. What are you hanging on to, and why?
- Identify one item you no longer need. A maternity dress, a cot, a designer baby outfit, a growbag, a cute pair of baby trainers, a buggy, a sling, a scooter, a babyccino, a changing bag, a moses basket.
- Sell it! We don’t mind how! Facebay, eBay, Gumtree, Shpock, Depop, FreeAds, Instagram or even by good old fashioned word of mouth. Hustle Mama.
- Most importantly, donate your earnings to #TeamMum here so we can track the campaigns success.
- Don’t forget to share the campaign on your social channels to spread the word, tagging #TeamMum #SellOneThing and @childdotorg. Blog about it, instastory it, tweet it or just chat about it. Tell us what you gave up and inspire others to do the same. You could so something as simple a sharing this post, and you have just made a small difference.
I will of course be kick starting the campaign with selling something from my girls baby days… and I’ll keep you posted on how I get on.
The best way to help these children is by helping Mums, so join #TeamMum and show them we’re all in it together.
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