Ghana is the sort of place where if something good or happy is happening, people really get behind it. This is what happened when a Ghanaian television channel heard about our shared project with Humanitas. They invited us along to appear on the Good Morning show to explain what its all about.
The interview was great and the presenters were really enthusiastic. So much so that immediately after the filming Dr Momeni and Mikey went into a meeting with the chief exec to discuss AMAZING future possibilities. There is the potential to have a weekly slot on the channel following the work we’re doing in the hospitals and orphanages around the country.
A media partner like this can mean big things. Not only is it a great way of raising awareness of what we’re doing, but more importantly it gives us a platform to reach out to the isolated and hard to reach communities so urgently in need of medical assistance. By making them aware that free screenings and treatments are available they will have the chance to travel in to the city and hopefully have a potentially life changing operation.
The effect of this coverage is also a social one. As soon as we left the studio people started recognising us! Bash became known as The Rasta Clown, there were high fives and friendship’s everywhere. Even more importantly the kids we worked with far from being worried by the eccentric and unusual appearance of the clowns, were confidently interested and wanted to meet the magic man. This may sound trivial but for something as new and unknown as the Flying Seagull Project, it is essential the kids understand who we are.
This is a massive step in a new country for both projects and I believe will help us into the hearts and lives of those we hope to help. We might even throw in a few magic shows here and there, so watch out Dynamo, The Seagulls are grabbing Ghana!