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Who did something GOOD this weekend? THANK YOU!

I don’t have much time tonight as I’ve just pushed the 80th load of washing through the machine and have a lot of work to be doing at the moment but must tap this out before it leaves my brain forever. 

I just want to thank every single person who did something kind for someone else this weekend. It seems to me that this weekend was filled with generosity and incredible people completing amazing tasks for charity, for a friend, for a child and for humanity and it really has just made me feel warm and fuzzy inside so here goes. The people that really made a difference this weekend:

1. OXFAM 100km TRAILWALK: I questioned his sanity when he put his hand up and I’m not quite understanding how much will power they all had to finish it but to The Big Guy, Mick, Huey, Larry and my friends Tim, Tanya and the 1994 other people who started the Oxfam 100km Trailwalk – WOW! WOW! WOW and CONGRATULATIONS! They all completed the 100km Sydney Oxfam Trailwalk and the Big Guy clocked up a time of 34 hours in some of the wettest and worst conditions the event has ever seen – YES THEY WALKED NON STOP FOR 34 HOURS from Brooklyn to Mosman. Mental right? Well it was worth it because Oxfam helps to raise money for those living in poverty and that was good enough reason for me.Bravo – so so proud of you all. 

The Big Guy on this 100km Oxfam Trailwalk

The Big Guy on this 100km Oxfam Trailwalk

2.  ALS/ MND ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE: ALS have raised $53 million so far. For the same period last year they had raised $2.2million in donations. Ok, to all the haters; Why would you criticise something that is

a) Entertaining,
b) Fun and Funny
c) Raises awareness to a cause that needed people to know of its existence and
d) RAISES well over ten times the amount of donations they would normally have received. 

Don’t criticise. Get ON BOARD! I’m LOVING seeing my friends, especially Christine and Tom take on the challenge and pay it forward. Whilst some will donate and others may not be in a position to, take a moment to think how your newsfeed has been a little more interesting, you’ve learnt a bit about a disease you previously didn’t pay much attention to and hopefully you will see how social media and the internet are being used for the good of humankind with this phenomenal campaign. Raising money is important and awareness of the cause assists charities to raise funds. IT’S A WIN/WIN. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO HELP THE AUSTRALIAN ARM OF THE ALS CHALLENGE 

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

3. THE COLOUR RUN – To Tanya, Enzo, Briony, Sarkis, Kate and kids  – I just love seeing families get out and do something fun and healthy together. This event has become a Sydney bucket list item in recent years and you’re showing your kids and those of us nursing men with sore feet at home, how life is all about just getting out there and ‘doing it’. 

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4. MY IN LAWS: My in laws are pretty phenomenal people but after coming to look after our 5 kids whilst I did the first ‘pitt stop’ to feed and water the Big Guy’s team on the Oxfam walk, they returned home late and got up at 2:30am to do the early morning pitt stop to feed the team and ensure they had coffee, warmth and mental support for the remaining 40kms. They then drove a further 50kms to look after Great Grandma who had been unwell overnight. Generosity is their middle name and they would do anything for their kids but to do so much to help others in a 24 hour period was phenomenal. 

5. MY FRIEND THE OVERSEAS EMERGENCY SHOPPER: You know who you are and all I can say is thanks. I put an urgent call out to a friend overseas who was retuning home as I urgently needed something replaced and, as all good mates do, the item was delivered tonight and is just what I needed/wanted – THANK YOU

6. THE TEACHERS: Okay, I know I gave a few teachers a bit of a ribbing earlier in the week however the past 4 days have proven to me that they are a special breed of person (did we need proof?). From the teachers at my kids school who went ALL OUT and dressed up as the best characters ever for book week to the music teachers who gave our kids the best weekend they can remember at band camp – for our teachers, we say thank you. They give a lot and many just gave up their weekend to extend our children’s love of music where for many, they experienced their first band camp. They will definitely do it again. 

7. THE VILLAGE: It’s true, It takes a village to raise a child and the village are certainly raising mine.  What would we do without the village? For me it was Alison, Karen, Ryan, Sarah, Jon, Matt,  Sharyn, Rachel, Breda, Louise, Hayley and Katrina. When you have 4 kids at home unwell across a three week period, the Village certainly gets to work and my village are the bomb dot com. Such a giving lot that I’m overwhelmed by their kindness.  ALL of these people called to see if they could help because I had sick kids and an absent walking husband. They dropped off, picked up, babysat, fed, watered, supervised at band camp and dropped in with delicious cupcakes. They didn’t have to. They didn’t do it for thanks. They did it because they’re good people. That’s what village living is about.

Thank you to my Village - would be LOST without you all

Thank you to my Village – would be LOST without you all


SO that’s it from me tonight on this lurvely Sunday evening – just a word of thanks to all you awesome people out there. THANK YOU!       



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