Goal Reached

Exciting news – the $1000 goal has been smashed! $1343 has been raised for the beautiful women of Mercy House in Kenya.

To all of you who donated, sponsored and supported, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We did it!

Online fundraising for The Sunflower Effect*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

Project Bridge Run!

Hello friends and family,

I’ve just done something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – I’ve registered for the Blackmores Body & Soul 9km Bridge Run!

This year I’ve been working towards a goal of raising $1000 for Mercy House Kenya – home home in Kenya where mothers and their babies are cared for. These women and babies would otherwise be in indescribably horrible situations – homeless, desitute or worse. (http://mercyhousekenya.org)

If you’re reading this blog, you probably already knew all that 🙂

So far, $650 has been raised through my blog via donations from generous readers, ebay sales, bake sales etc. I’d love to raise the last $350 through sponsorship for this run! Continue reading

Sisterhood be the CHANGE cup

Good morning 🙂

I just added $80 to the Mercy House tally.. thanks to the generosity of my brother (!) and also our

 ‘sisterhood be the CHANGE cup’

… For one month we put all our coins in a cup for Mercy House, it adds up pretty quickly!

Cost me a few coins and took me 0 minutes..a really good way to raise money!

Here endeth the update.

Happy Friday!


*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

Half Way There!! :)

So I’m finding that I don’t have much time to blog.. but that’s okay.. I can keep you easily updated via Twitter and Facebook.

Great news – today the tally reached $552!! I’m so happy about this. I have set out to raise $1000 for Mercy House, I’m getting there! Thanks so much to all of you who have generously donated – the women and babies at Mercy House will benefit more than we can imagine, from your generosity.

This month I’m focusing on selling some baby clothes on eBay (generously donated by my friend Lee-Ann over at Nine 50 – check out her peruvian jewellery, hand made by women, providing an income for their families!)

A few of my auctions have ended, making a tidy $35 (not bad for so little work and zero outlay!)

I still have a few auctions yet to finish and still more items to list. If you need some clothes for a baby boy, have a look at my eBay listings, all proceeds to Mercy House or email me.

Anyway, must go, I have children to get to school and a day to tend to!

Have a good one!

Joni xx

*The Sunflower Effect supports the work of The Mercy House Kenya and Kristen Welch (wearethatfamily.com)

It’s a Bake-Off!

You’ll have to excuse me.. I’m having a bit of a proud mum moment. Even though it’s been a month since the fact, I’m bubbling with happiness that somehow, my kids seem to be getting it.. They’re beginning to understand the impact they can have on the world.. That they have power, wealth, priviledge* to share with others.

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Another Small Piece: eBay Auctions Ended


20120313-132100.jpgSo all my eBay auctions have ended.. and in true form, I underestimated the postage and ended up paying for it out of my own pocket. Why do I do that?!


Moving along.

Because of my miscalculations, I didn’t quite make $10 (which is the minimum donation amount set by the online donation site Razoo which I use) so I just beefed it up a bit to make $10 🙂

I’ve had two friends offer to give me all their baby clothes to sell so that will be fun! I just have to make sure I set my postage prices right this time..

If you’re thinking that’s a lot of effort for just $10, here’s a little list of what $10 will do at Mercy House.. it’s definitely worth the effort!

$2 pays for three nutritious meals for each pregnant girl per day
$3 pays for intense, one-on-one counseling, group therapy per girl
$1 pays for clean water, per girl
$4 pays for two weeks of rent, per girl

My Challenge This Week

Hi all 😉

I had a great time last week, raising money and awareness for Mercy House Kenya through my little blogging project The Sunflower Effect.

The whole idea behind The Sunflower Effect is that we all have something to give, a piece we can put together with other pieces. Some pieces are bigger (a couple of people have donated $100 to the project – which is hugely generous!) and some are small (like the $10 I gave last week which I made selling rosemary from my garden).

So far $270 has been raised for Mercy House Kenya through The Sunflower Effect – a perfect example of The Sunflower Effect in action! $270 does A LOT in Kenya, a few small pieces are making a difference, right now.

Anyway, the point of this post was to let you know the challenge I’ve set for myself this week.

MY CHALLENGE: I’m going to list some unneeded things from around the house on eBay, all proceeds to go to The Sunflower Effect. Continue reading

My Small Piece – Rosemary

I have to say I’m really enjoying this blogging project. The Sunflower Effect has given me the opportunity to find ways of helping others, which work in with my lifestyle (and budget!)

Yesterday I raised $10 for The Mercy House Kenya (and it didn’t cost me a dime). I know $10 isn’t much, but it’s a small piece which I have added to the puzzle. And that’s what The Sunflower Effect is all about – each of us putting our small pieces together so that women like the beautiful ones at Mercy House can have a better chance at life – and that they would know they are loved, cared about and noticed by women all over the world. Continue reading

3 Ways to Support New Mums (without spending a dime!)

In Kenya, life is tough for women – especially pregnant women who have no support. Many turn to back yard abortion and tragically, a lot of women die from abortion complications. These women – pregnant and without support – need a safe-haven.

The Sunflower Effect exists to help these women and their babies by raising money for Mercy House in Kenya.  Mercy House is taking in pregnant women, caring for them throughout pregnancy, labour and after.. as long as they’re needed!

It’s definitely a worthy cause – saving lives and all – but we can’t all necessarily afford to support them single-handedly.

If we are all going to put our money together – whatever small offering we can each bring – it adds up so quickly! So why not just give it a try. How about choosing one thing – one idea – to raise some money for Mercy House.. and then sit back and watch what can happen. Continue reading