MoMa's Cookies first Group Advocacy programme. Robert, Aaron and Miriam share why they have decided to advocate for Sickle Cell Society during this year's #BlackHistoryMonth.
The whole world was forced to put our health into a wider perspective this year. We’ve had to become super aware of ourselves, our environments and everyone around us. Due to the pandemic many vulnerable people had to shield, and part of that vulnerable group were people who suffer from Sickle Cell.
Sickle Cell is a disorder that primarily affects people from African and Caribbean backgrounds, it disrupts how red blood cells develops and can be fatal. Given that racism is systemic and present in every institution that governs us – medical racism is just as real. There is still not enough awareness, research and funding on this issue and so this Black History Month my focus is on advocating for Sickle Cell UK to ensure they have the support to carry out the important work they do. People, particularly young Black people like myself need to ensure we are informed of all health issues which directly affect us as a community.
- Robert Turay
If you’re unsure of how to contribute to this Black History Month you can start by supporting a Black business (MoMas Cookies) who are directly donating to a Black charity (Sickle Cell UK) who are fighting an issue which disproportionately affects Black people.
Knowing what Sickle Cell Anaemia is and what it does to people and families, including my own; is heart-breaking. The illness is known, but not known enough. Sickle Cell predominantly affects African/Caribbean people, and the majority are still unaware if they carry the trait or may not know that giving blood helps so much. I’m so proud to be advocating for The Sickle Cell Society with Momas Cookies, to raise awareness and help our people in any way possible!
- Aaron Agyekum
I’ve chosen to be an advocate for the sickle cell society due to the fact that I believe people should be more aware of this horrible illness. As a black person I only found out about 2years ago that I have Sickle cell trait . After finding out that I had sickle cell trait , it really opened my eyes to the whole illness in general. I’ve learned a lot about the illness and how it might affect me in the future if my partner has the trait too .
Hopefully through this advocacy program , more information about sickle cell can be spread to people especially to black people as the illness affects us the most.
- Miriam Karamoko
Find out more about Sickle Cell Society here: https://www.sicklecellsociety.org/
To contribute to Robert, Miriam and Aaron's programme, please use discount code: SickleCellUK upon checkout at: www.momascookies.co.um