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)

Week’s Wrap-up

Wow. It’s been a huge week.

Yesterday’s International Women’s Day marked the launch of the Challenge, which I really enjoyed completing.

I wrote to Elizabeth, and made my small donation. How are you going with yours?

I also had the privilege of guest posting over at Sharnanigans – a beautiful blogging friend who has found herself along with her partner and their young son homeless because of these horrid floods. They probably won’t have a home to go back to, meanwhile she’s pregnant. Really tough. Really want to help but not sure what to do.

To add to our growing ‘piece’, I listed some items on eBay and am waiting for the auctions to end so I can donate the proceeds.

What amazed me the most this week is the fact that The Sunflower Effect has now raised $320 for Mercy House. And now I’m feeling nervous, which is weird, but I always do that. It’s great to see that small actions are making a difference. It’s such a beautiful thing.

A big thank you so much to everyone who has supported the cause this week.

Thank you to Lee-Ann Kelly of Nine-50 for your encouraging words and involvement in the project, Melissa Sharman from Dusty Highways for your beautiful post about the Challenge, Sharni Montgomery from Sharnanigans for inviting me to blog on your funky site, greenroomgallery.wordpress.com for including The Sunflower Effect in your International Women’s Day run-down and all of you who have retweeted, shared and commented. It’s all very much appreciated. You’re all wonderful. I really appreciate you.

I doubt we will ever understand the power of caring.

I’d really love to hear what you’re thinking about the whole Sunflower Effect concept. Is it something you enjoy or want to be involved with? Do you have any ideas of your own on how I can continue to raise money for Mercy House?

If you’re a visitor and wondering what the heck I’m talking about, click here for a quick run-down.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Joni xx


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

Let’s Talk About Handbags

I used to feel a deep sense of satisfaction after a ‘bargain hunting’ trip to the shops; new handbag for $20, cool top for $5, cute necklace for $3.. but not anymore. The more I learn about child slavery the more I realise that while I may not be paying much for these items, others are  – dearly. And this is a fact I have chosen not to ignore any longer. In fact, often it’s not a conscious decision not to purchase products which are highly likely to have been produced through slave/child labour; I can practically ‘smell’ it in the store. It’s not necessarily a tangible smell (my nostrils aren’t flaring!) but there’s a definite sense that things just aren’t right (more on that later). Continue reading