Your life is an Occasion, Rise to it

Quote by Suzanne Weyn, isn’t this a great saying for a Sunday? and I have thought about this a lot in relation to most of my friends and family and related it to the occasions of our lives. I must say I am in awe of all of you, what you do and how you live your lives.

I don’t think it’s till you get older that you  begin to view your environment, surroundings and friends with a different eye, different from “annoying brothers & sisters, ‘needing a best friend (even if you are a twin and already have one) wanting a boyfriend, looking at getting work, finishing school, partying, studying and then a career. Much of ones early life is spent fairly self-absorbed, education is the main focus and those people who surround you during this time play the biggest part in shaping who you are, who you don’t wish to be like, who you admire and how you wish to become.

I grew up in the non social media era, no mobiles we had landlines and pay phones, no internet we made face to face arrangements, cameras were used and photographic film was the norm, you took it off and pictures were processed. Nothing really was ‘right now” it was more can I get that to you in a couple of weeks, how would we cope now?

Moving into the latter ages of 20’s and 30’s things change we look further than we thought we ever would, partners come and go, children are born and one looks to providing and caring for an extended arena. we then share more occasions and invite more people in and we start to look to how we can help others, school fetes, school fund-raisers and charity fund-raisers.

I say this as I can list ones, friends have supported, friends have organized (including myself) and friends have attended I know an amazing bunch of you out there and believe you all do Rise to the occasion of your life and others, I know those that have walked km’s, ran marathons, done sausage sizzles, high teas, created cookbooks, sold raffle tickets, donated to causes and volunteered.

Catherine house, Hutt Street Centre, Keith Hospital, Mater Children’s hospital, Women’s & Children’s hospitals, moon bears, Heart Kids, RFDS, Juvenile Diabetes, DiabetesCancer Council,  leukemia, Brain Cancer, more schools than I could list. You have helped organise and turned up to Charity quiz nights, silent auctions, Auction evenings, football club fundraisers, High Teas, you’ve sold raffle tickets, given salvation army, bought the Big Issue, given to Christmas appeals / trees, given goods or money to bushfires & flood appeals and no doubt there are ones I can’t even think of.

It takes one to come up with the idea, people to support it and the brave to do it. But we know as we get older life is precious, those that have, do, those that can, will and those that watch miss out. I’m always good for an occasion, I’m up for it, happy to help if I can and happy to attend if I can. I am lucky because I can see from my face book page so are the people in my life,

I know that when I have asked, people have answered and when I am asked, I most certainly do, in fact I now look for charity direct, schools and places where 100% of the money goes to the people who need it. For those with little money to donate my mother once told me, when I was a single mum, donating your time can be worth more than the money you could give as all it will cost you is your time. Doing this in my daughters school made me friends for life, gave me a sense of perspective and lots of laughter and pride. My Life is an occasion, I feel I do rise to it do you?




My favourite thing to do

I feel very lucky in my life, I have the bestest family in the world, great cousins who are my BFF’s and people who when I ask them to help say yes. Today being a Friday I have woken with a sore neck, did a 6km run to try to warm it up – it worked but I am sitting in my home office with a scarf around my neck to try to keep it warm. I felt it was tightening up yesterday but trying to move my arms this morning was a chore. I don’t look as silly as I sound, it still is cold in Australia and my office does not have heating or cooling yet.

I am also under a deadline to get a couple of emails off to people, one to a CEO whom I told I had called his company 13 times and no one responded, but I have had to inform him I only have written records of 9 calls. I don’t feel right about doing this as I feel it ‘dobs’ people in. For those unaware of what dobbing is.. it is telling someone, other people did the wrong thing and name them. But he assured me it is to improve the service, I explained to him yesterday, his front office girls were great and referred me on but I could not ever get in touch with who they suggested I needed to talk with. All is resolved now but still the email was done.

I also have to do a work report, which I have till lunch time to get in, it’s halfway done but the other end wants names and numbers sigh, sometimes this is just too difficult to do. I have realized this week I have travelled over 1500 kms and that is probably why my neck is still. I also have the pleasure of taking Huz to a ram / sheep sale this afternoon where after the auction drinking and bbq’s are the norm. Guess who will be driving.

I am also thinking it’s this time fo the year I start thinking and planning the Keith Hospital High Tea, I have done it for the last 2 years and we have had great guest speakers, Anne Wills ‘Willsy’ and Amanda Blair who have entertained us and helped keep the target fund-raising money going. So at the beginning of this week, I thought of a lady and went about contacting her to ask if she would do it. I know I get in early so if they ask a speakers fee, it gives me time to raise the money. I have only had to do this once Amanda Blair donated her time and my next years guest speaker has confirmed this morning she will do it and ‘no rates or fees’ her end.

The generosity of these people always makes me catch my breath, it brings us all to a level playing field. We are all volunteers in some capacity and Australians are known for their generosity and kindness for worthy causes. The Keith Hospital is a worthy cause and the community has worked hard to keep it moving along. In the signing of the agreement with the Government it brings with it a new model and opportunity to work to grow the business. I believe the least I can do it run a function a year and I love the support I get for the High tea. The Arkaba Hotel always donates the room, cost of staff and food is at cost. I have great supporters in bubbles and red wine donations and silent Auction prizes and enough helping hands to run it.

Before I could publish this post the guest speaker has been guessed it is in-fact Monique Bowley from The Great Australian Bake Off. If you want to reserve your tickets for Saturday 5th April 12 till 4, contact me as well

High Tea