Another Year Over… and a New One About To Begin!

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What an incredible year it’s been! I can’t believe it’s just about over already, and another year – all shiny, sparkly, new and full of possibility – is about to begin.

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Telethon Adventurers Achievement Night 2012

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The Telethon Adventurers are a group of people who care so much about finding a cure for childhood cancer they are willing to climb mountains, jump out of planes, swim with sharks and even walk under water to raise a staggering $1,800,864 in under a year for the Telethon Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital.

Rick and Emily

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L-R: My hubby Basil, me, Emily and Rick Parish at the Terrace Hotel Opening

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Dine for Life 2012

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Last night a large crowd braved the stormy Perth weather for the much anticipated annual Dine for Life evening.  Guests enjoyed dinner at multiple locations around Perth including Nobu, Rockpool, Bistro Guillaume, 1907, Petit Mort, Beluga and many other restaurants.  An after party was held at Print Hall where guests were treated to cocktails and heard more about this years chosen charity SISHA, an organisation that is dedicated to providing justice and hope for men, women and children who have been subjected to exploitation in South East Asia.

L-R: Aurelio Costarella, Liam Baxter, me and Dine for Life co-founder Andjelka Matic

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Telethon 2012 Highlights

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Telethon has been so special for me ever since I was a little girl. I remember staying up late, watching the excitement and being so inspired by how much money was raised helping sick kids over 26 hours of live television. This year Telethon kicked off with a massive opening act from Johnny Ruffo, Daryl Braithwaite, Soul Mystique, Andrew Da Silva and an array of Channel 7 stars and promised to be the biggest and best Telethon yet! Continue reading

A New Adventure: Telethon Adventurers Ambassador

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A few weeks ago, I met Rick and Emily Parish at a charity event. They told me about their beautiful brown eyed boy Elliott who sadly lost his battle with cancer last year.  They also told me about their incredible crusade against childhood cancer in his memory, through the Telethon Adventurers.

As a mother, their story touched me for so many reasons, I could see how fiercely they loved their little boy and I was in awe of how they have turned their devastating loss and grief into devoting their lives to finding the cause and a cure for childhood cancer.

That’s why it’s such an honour for me to accept the invitation to be an ambassador for the Telethon Adventurers.  The Telethon Adventurers are dedicated to raising funds for research and equipment for childhood cancer and last year they distributed almost $1,500, 000 to Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

I encourage all parents to get behind the Telethon Adventurers and support them in any way possible.

Together we can work towards a future that’s cancer free for our children.

To find out more info or to see how you can help, head over to the Telethon Adventurers website.

A xxx

Being Kind

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At the beginning of the year I started volunteering for Look Good Feel Better,  a programme for people undergoing cancer treatment.  I always come away from  workshops feeling so inspired, these women are going through possibly the most difficult and challenging time of their lives and yet they walk in with a smile, are happy to chat, swap stories and have a laugh.

The last workshop I volunteered at, I was talking with a lady called Helen. I asked her how her morning had been and she told me it had been really lovely.  Thinking that perhaps she’s been for breakfast at her favourite cafe or gone for a walk in the park, I asked her what she’d been up to.  She told me that she’d had a nice chat with her taxi driver, and then someone in the hospital had helped her find the room the workshop was being held in.  That was it.  Nothing remarkable or out of the ordinary, but for Helen – those two small acts of kindness had made her morning ‘really lovely’.

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It made me think that we never really know what people are going through. Sometimes small acts of kindness can make someones day, like taking time to have a chat or holding a door open. Complimenting someone. Something. Anything.

We are all so busy rushing around, closed off, reluctant to interact or even smile at each other.

Some time ago, I was struggling at a checkout with a wriggling toddler when my stroller fell to the floor and the contents of my bag spilled out.  It was one of those moments that I just wanted to cry. In a queue of people who pretended not to notice what happened, an elderly lady behind me picked my stroller up and helped me collect the contents of my bag.  I thanked her and moved towards the checkout thinking how lovely and helpful she had been.  As she walked past me outside the shop, she insisted on giving me $2 for my daughter to have a ride on a Wiggles car. I was amazed by how kind she was.

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I recently read this amazing post ‘11 Ways to Live More Mindfully‘ by The Simply Luxurious Life.  The last point encourages us to notice a need and act.  To be kind to each other.

From now on, I am going to try my best to be more mindful and kind every day.

A xxx

Are you involved with a charity?

Have you experienced a random act of kindness recently?

Dream Week 2012 : Look Good Feel Better

It’s Dream Week 2012!! This is the one week of the year devoted to raising funds for Look Good Feel Better; a programme for people undergoing cancer treatment which helps  manage the appearance related side affects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

I started volunteering for Look Good Feel Better earlier this year after searching for a charity to work with.  I found it really difficult to decide as there are just so many worthy and important causes, but then I had an ‘ah-ha!’ moment when I saw an ad promoting Look Good Feel Better and I knew that it was a cause I could confidently contribute to.

Both my great grandmother and Nana had cancer, I remember going to see my great Nan in hospital and brushing her hair and rubbing cream into her hands, she was so elegant and ladylike and wanted to look lovely even though she was very ill.

More recently my beautiful Nana survived breast cancer, during her treatment she lost her lovely white hair and experienced many more side effects.  It was bad enough for her to be diagnosed with cancer, but then to experience hair loss on top of feeling so unwell from the treatment was just awful.

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and Look Good Feel Better is a free 2.5 hour workshop that provides a fun escape where people can learn how they can combat appearance related side effects, and spend time with others who are going through a similar experience.  As one cancer survivor put it, the workshop provided her with a great coping mechanism for her journey.

This week, David Jones and Myer will donate $1 from every lipstick and lipgloss bought across Australia. Volunteers in red t-shirts will be in store providing brochures, info and $5 pins with all proceeds going to Look Good Feel Better.

I’ll be at David Jones in Perth city Monday 10th September volunteering for Look Good Feel Better, pop by and say hello!

A xxx

Do you support or volunteer for a charity?

Have you or someone you know survived cancer?