So what, I hear you ask, is the Team Honk day-long London museum dash?
Well, Team Honk is a social media fundraising phenomenon that began in 2012, to raise money for Comic Relief and Sport Relief. Over the years there has been a visit to Ghana by Team Honk founders Tanya, Penny and Annie; a mission to the top of Mount Snowdon; a baton chase from John O’Groats to Lands End (I took part in Honkopoly, the London leg based on the Monopoly game); and, last year, a Danceathon in Wembley Arena (my, I had sore feet after those six hours of non-stop bopping!)
This year, Team Honk has challenged people up and down the country to #passtheproud. The idea is simple:
You decide what you want to do to fundraise – from bake sales, to moon walks, to 5ks, to all day discos, to the Sport Relief official games – whatever makes you feel proud and it doesn’t have to be sporty.
I wanted to join in so, after a few nights’ pondering, I concocted a challenge: a day-long London museum dash, to visit as many of the capital’s 300+ sites as possible during opening hours on Saturday 19th March.
The museums and art galleries of London are one of the many reasons why I eventually ended up living here, after a childhood spent in rural Wales. I love to read and write about family trips to these incredible establishments, which have the power to instantly transport you into a realm of history, ideas and beauty.
The day-long London museum dash will involve running into each museum or art gallery, snapping an exhibit and then hot-footing it off to the next venue, by bus, tube, train and our trusty old running feet.
I was excited to hear that original Team Honk member Penny Alexander, and Swazi Rodgers will be joining me on the day, and we’ve been working out a route together. If you, too are interested in joining in with the day-long London museum dash, please let me know at email@example.com.
And now comes the ask: if you’re interested in sponsoring me for this challenge, you can do so on my Sport Relief giving page. The cash would help transform people’s lives (50% of the money goes to help those in the UK and 50% around the world – principally Africa). Even if you can only spare a quid or two, it’ll go some way towards improving people’s fortunes:
£1 could provide a hot meal for a child in the UK living in extreme poverty.
£15 could provide life-saving medication for 75 children with malaria in Uganda.
£25 could provide a young person in the UK who has faced domestic abuse with a one-to-one counselling session to help them overcome their ordeal.
£50 could send a disadvantaged young person in the UK on a sports coaching course, giving them the skills they need to find work.
If you do sponsor me, sign up for the London Museum Dash sweepstake. The person who guesses the closest number of museums to our total wins a prize!
There are some inspirational Team Honk challenges scheduled over the month of March. If you’re interested to see what else is happening in the name of Team Honk #passtheproud, why not check out these pages:
Franglais Mummy’s Mauritius Relay Beach Volleyball-athon (and yes, it is in Mauritius, where it’s over 35°C with over 90% humidity)
Becky Goddard-Hill’s inspiring walk on 1 March
As well as sponsorship (Penny’s sponsorship page is here) Penny, Swazi and I would love it if you could join us on the dash. So please shout if you feel like being a Team Honk culture vulture for the day!