Penny (The Alexander Residence) takes the first baton* bit of a #secretthing clue there

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Without further ado I am really excited to announce that the award-winning, fun-raising phenomenon commonly known as TEAM HONK is officially back for 2014.

That’s you that is! All you people who made Team Honk rock so much last year, and all you who fancy some fun this year. Guess what?

Team Honk won a Brilliance in Blogging Award for Commentary and…da da da…. Comic Relief’s Good News activity from Ghana for Red Nose Day, which Team Honk collaborated on, has now been shortlisted in the Media Relations category at the PRCA awards!

Dream team!

This year the focus is SPORT RELIEF. But before you shunt off to the back of the changing rooms, or try and bunk off, do not fear, we at Team Honk HQ take a very broad minded view of sport. We want as many recruits as possible, we want to be as all encompassing as possible. We have a secret thing you see…

Our vision is one where everyone: bloggers, tweeters, friends and families can come together under the umbrella of Team Honk 2014 and help us whip our amazing £10,000 worth of fun-raising for Comic Relief last year, into something even more incredible. Today we are unwrapping the #secretthing 2014

Hopefully you have already signed up for a local Sport relief event, if not here is more info from Alexander Residence Mummy Barrow and Mammasaurus on how to do that.

Tanya ( tells Team Honk why we would love you get involved in 2014

We were really privileged to see up close and personal how money raised through Comic Relief is spent.  Not many people get that opportunity and that leaves many feeling cynical.  Worrying that maybe the money is not really making a difference, particularly when its a huge nationwide charity helping hundreds, if not, thousands of projects.   After all the sums raised by Comic Relief are staggering:  £100 Million in 2013 alone.

By spending 48 hours at four projects in Ghana we really got to see where the money is being used.  Not just spent but used as loans to support individuals with training and purchasing of tools.   Loans that are then repaid so more people can be helped.   It really struck us that this isn’t about just handing out cash.  This is about empowering people the world over.

We were particularly struck by the work done to support women in Africa, both on our trip to Ghana and by listening to Kirstie Allsop talk about her time in Tanzania.   Annie and Penny also visited projects closer to home that again support families, disadvantaged teens, abused women.   It has been awe inspiring seeing first hand the real difference money raised really makes.

And small amounts make a difference.  This is about raising thousands.   Ten Pounds buys two mosquito nets.   50p buys a vaccine.   £15 buys tools to support somebody at a mental health project in Accra.   It really is astonishing.

In six weeks we managed to help raise £10,000 and we would love to smash that this year.   By pulling together as many bloggers as possible to cover this John O Groats to Lands End challenge.   Each one getting sponosrship that will then go on to save a life.

Who says blogging is a waste of time?   It’s life changing

Annie ( reveals all about the non-motorised John O’Groats to Land’s End Blogger to Blogger Relay Challenge…

Blogger Relay Challenge? What the dickens? We are talking about a blogger to blogger journey the whole length of the country, without using motorised transport, a blogger to blogger Honktastic torch relay – all the way down the Country. We want to support this great cause whilst showing just how great the UK blogging community is, and make no mistake – it is GREAT.

Whatever you level of fitness WE NEED YOU! Join us on the relay or join in by offering to help make cups of tea or bake cakes or organize a get together for others joining in. There are so many ways to get involved, no offer of help is to big or small, it’s all really appreciated.

First off what Team Honks needs is for anyone interested to please CLICK HERE AND FILL IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE (opens in new tab/window) of how you’d like to get involved, it’s 10 questions long and will give us really useful information that will help us plot our route, which by the way is quite the task. If you want to keep up to date with occasional emails from Team Honk you can subscribe to those by clicking here.

I’m not going to go in to all the good work that Sport Relief does today, but I will do in the coming couple of months – all you need to know is this – Sport Relief changes lives, join us and you can be part of changes lives too.

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