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I felt triggered when I saw this image on social media. I was shocked and saddened to hear / see what happened to George Floyd. Yet being shocked was naive because racism is a huge problem for black people in America, and also here in the UK.
The overriding feeling I had was guilt. Guilty that as a young black woman I have not felt disadvantaged by the colour of my skin. Guilty that I am one of the ‘lucky ones’ who has had countless opportunities to succeed. This is a problem in itself as a black woman’s success should not depend on ‘luck’.
I am overwhelmed by the prominence and support of the Black Lives Matter movement and have been inspired to actively help. I want to support those who have felt disadvantaged by the colour of their skin and do not benefit from equal opportunities.
I was pleasantly surprised that there are a number of charities / organisations that are working hard to tackle racism and support black people with the challenges they face as a result of racism. The 4Front Project was the one that stood out to me as they have a holistic approach to supporting those affected by racial injustices and empowering people, particularly the young, to fight for justice, peace and freedom. Here is a link to their website detailing exactly what they do.
Whilst planning my fundraiser for The 4Front Project I learnt about the Yemen crisis and the worsening affect COVID-19 has had. I could not believe that I was oblivious to the horrifying situation that has been ongoing for 5 years. Yemen is the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 24 million people (80% of the population) in need of humanitarian assistance. This includes 12 million children who can no longer go to school because of the violence, don’t know where their next meal will come from and don’t have access to clean water – at a time when washing your hands is more imperative than ever.
So I decided to also raise money for a charity supporting the crisis. I have chosen Save The Children UK as they are a large independent aid agency in Yemen, working on the ground, as well as campaigning for lasting change, to help children survive this brutal war. Save The Children UK have been responding to the Yemen crisis since the start of the conflict in 2015. Here is a link to their appeal page detailing exactly what they are doing to help.
All money raised will be split equally between The 4Front Project and Save The Children UK.
So how can YOU help?
Simply make a donation and then answer the question below via the 'Contact Project' tab above for a chance to win a prize (provided you get the answer right!) as a thank you for your support.
*ONE guess per person*
So please only message me with ONE answer, i.e. A, B, C or D.
Winning names will be entered into a draw and picked at random electronically. Your name will be entered into the draw for every £5 donated, so the more you donate the more likely you are to win a prize! E.g. if you donate £20 and get the answer right, your name will be entered into the draw 4 times!
The challenge will end when the target has been reached.
I will notify all prize winning entrants by email and on Instagram, so make sure you are following!
How will you receive a physical prize?
- If you are local to Basingstoke, prizes will be delivered
- If you are not local to Basingstoke, prizes will be posted (I will request your address when notifying you of your win)
How will you receive a non physical prize? (typically services provided by some amazing donors)
- I will put you in touch with the relevant person so that you can claim your prize
All prizes are detailed on my Instagram page and in the ‘Updates’ tab above.
Thank you so much for your support and good luck!
Here we have a delicious plate of Ghanaian Jollof Rice (the best kind).
HOW MANY GRAINS OF RICE ARE ON THE SPOON? The close up of the spoon may or may not assist!
The rice on the spoon is NOT the rice you use to make Jollof.. but the Jollof was not cooperating with me when I was trying to count it..