Mama OWL Blog: #R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

#R2BC - Reasons to be cheerful... 1, 2, 3

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Happy Thursday everyone. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart is in Ethiopia with ONE and Jen from BritMums seeing all of their amazing work and has asked me to host #R2BC this week while she is away.

I hope you will all visit Michelle's blog to read all about the trip and see for yourself the wonderful work that is going on to help improve lives. Get behind the campaign by signing up to ONE and showing your support. They're not asking for your money, they want your voice, so why not lend it to them and help spread the word, join the fight against extreme poverty.

Who are ONE?
"ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers."

Real Progress
"ONE and its partners, have played an important role in persuading governments to support effective programs and policies that are making a measurable difference in fighting extreme poverty and disease. As a result of those programs, today nearly 4 million Africans have access to life-saving AIDS medication, up from only 50,000 people in 2002. Malaria deaths have been cut in half in countries across Africa in less than 2 years and 46.5 million more children are now going to school."

Visit Clare at Seasider In The City and join in the #ONEMums "It Only Takes ONEMum" Meme, tag others and encourage everyone to join in to help ONE in their campaign to improve lives, help turn a whisper into a shout.

With ONE in mind I am keeping my reasons to be cheerful simple this week, because it is so often something I think many of us - myself included - perhaps don't think about.

1. I have a home with heating, electric and clean running water. We have beds to sleep in, and food to eat.

2. I am healthy, and have a healthy family, with access to some of the best medical facilities in the world whenever we need it.

3. My husband has work, and my children are being educated in modern, well equipped schools.

It is worth remembering that everything else is a bonus, even when things are getting you down. You can join in with the blog hop this week by linking up below.


  1. Fantastic. I think we often forget just how lucky we are x

  2. I'm going to have a look at ONE and check it out, looks a really worthy cause. Lovely simple reasons this week, I think we forget some of the most important things in life ! x

  3. I'm sooo grateful for my life xxx we are so blessed xx

  4. We are all so lucky. I am so grateful for what we have and how lucky we truly are!
    I need to look at ONE, I keep seeing posts about it.

  5. A very well written and humbling post, thanks x

  6. So true that everything else is extra. I have been feeling the same all this week while reading Michelle and Jan's posts from Ethiopia.

  7. Thanks for hosting this week.
    I've joined in with the ONEMum meme and shared a post about one to help promote it.
    It does make you realise how lucky we are x

  8. Lovely reasons. I love reading Mich's posts about the amazing work of ONE in Ethiopia. Makes me feel truly grateful and blessed for our lives x

  9. I love these reasons. I've been checking out ONE and retweeting stuff for Michelle.

  10. Thank you very much ladies, reading all of Jen & Michelle's posts this week about #ONEMums have really made me think and appreciate exactly what I have x


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