Saturday, 14 March 2009

Comic Relief.

It's the weekend - finally!

I am having a very chilled out weekend after doing a 5 week placement in Theatres/Recovery - I loved every minute of it! I assisted in small operations from endoscopies to hernia repairs and I saw a fair few face lifts and 'nose jobs.' Safe to say I have been put off a lot of the food I have eaten over the last couple of weeks. :)

I think everyone has heard of a charity called Comic Relief . Where we raise money and awareness for Africa and our home countries. The UK go crazy and we title it 'Red Nose Day' where we wear red, raise money and do something silly to come up with funds. Last night I watched a TV marathon for 6 hours - it was brilliant! I think it is amazing and I am brought to tears by the stories. It is a reminder of how selfish I can be sometimes. Last night, the UK bought 4 million Malaria nets in two hours- to prevent Malaria in poverty stricken African countries. They cost just £5 or around $7 in the US. As I was watching I was thinking that yesterday I bought 2 magazines, a bottle of water and a sandwich for that amount. The magazines were glossy gossip, the water had no calories and the sandwich filled my tummy just for lunch.

A Malaria net.

Saves a life...for life. For a fiver!

There was one story that caused my duvet to be soaked with tears. It was of a young Ugandan woman who had 11 month old twin girls called Hope and Joy. They both caught Malaria. Their mother could only carry one baby to the hospital 50 miles walk away, so she took Hope as she was more ill. Once she got there Hope passed away. Hope's mother had to miss her baby's funeral so she could walk the 50 mile stretch home to tend to Joy who was in the care of her 12 year old son. Joy was barely alive but she was given the medication that was meant for Hope and a Malaria net. She lost her Hope that night but she was given hope for the future. They fast forwarded a year and the family are thriving! This was why I tripled my £5 tonight (that I shouldnt have wasted on magazines) towards Comic Relief.

Let's do something funny for money!

These are two English comedians - I just thought it was brilliant and they raised loads doing this . Nobody puts baby in the corner...:)

Have a lovely weekend!

4 comments:

Stephanie RN BSN (to be!) said...

It's amazing that something so small to us (a malaria net) can make such a difference in the lives of people living in 3rd world countries.

By the way, I absolutely love your new layout!

Brooke said...

Hi Rebecca

Thanks for your comment on my blog. The little Mr fashionista is a little more co-ordinated today.

It really is amazing how something that we take for granted is so precious to others. Good on your for donating.

Brooke

Lauren said...

Hey,
Thanks for the comment!

I read a little of your blog and it sounds like you are already getting some "hands on" experience with the nursing stuff so I am guessing that Nursing school is probably a bit different between the US and the UK as we don't get to do much at all until we are in nursing school which takes quite a while and is quite a process within its self!
But I'm glad you found my blog its nice to find someone my own age in this blog world!

Oh and that cake was probably one of the best I've had in a while!

I do what I want! said...

Omg that was super funny! Loved it thanks for sharing! I am totally inspired now to do something good and sponsor someone :) The truth is it doesn't even cost that much but it means SO much to the people that need it! What a great cause!

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