Bondi Fundraiser for Connor

October 22, 2013

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Last Saturday we held the Bondi fundraiser for Connor to help him get his new wheelchair and I am still on a high, it was such a great day.

My hubby Mike and I invited all our friends  and family from Bondi to the Diggers/Golf Club for a casual afternoon of fun and fundraising. We spent a few weeks beforehand raising funds locally, scouting for auction items and raffle prizes and bombarding everyone on facebook with constant posts promoting the event. It obviously worked as we packed the room full of generous friends from near and far.

So many wonderful people donated prizes for the raffle and items to auction, we even had a Brownie stall thanks to my friend Sophie, which was a massive hit with the kids. The day was a success thanks to you all.

The day was so heartwarming, Connor and his family had a great but overwhelming day.

My favourite moment was the presentation to Connor and his family.

MC’d by Lawrie Williams on behalf of the Bondi Rescue Lifeguards, he spoke about his days as a lifeguard in the 70’s and how different it was back then to what we now see on the telly. Of course there were less people on the beach back then, and Lawrie often had to work on his own. So, it was really important for the Lifeguards to get to know the regulars at the beach and form relationships in the community, because they were usually the one’s that were going to be helping out if a rescue took place.

 Bondi Rescue presentationAnd that’s what this fundraiser is all about, people in our community caring about a family from another community, and coming together to help a young fella in need of a hand.

Lawrie presented Connor with his own Lifeguard Jersey personally signed by all the stars of the show, a limited edition historical booklet and a Lifeguard experience for him and his little brother Flynn. The boys get to come to Bondi, have a tour of the tower with their favourite lifeguard and a ride on the Rhino (beach quad). How good is that!

Brenda Miley from Let’s go Surfing gave Connor and Flynn an invitation to a surf lesson at Bondi Beach, which is bloody fantastic!  Connor is a little nervous, but we will have so many volunteers in the water with him, and Brenda and her team are experts in their field, so it is going to be a fun day.

Kylie Roberts from KRPHOTOGRAPHY donated a Family Portrait session for the whole family which was warmly received. Connor’s mum Julianne told me later that they haven’t had a family portrait for years. Kylies work is beautiful so they are going to be gorgeous pictures. Well done Kylie.

 Julianne and Peter have 3 other children, Brittany, Blake & Flynn & they all received a little something as well, so no one missed out.

The look on Connor’s face during our presentation made my year…..no actually, my decade!    photo

Connor was diagnosed at age 1 with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a muscle wasting disease that mostly affects boys. He has just started high school this year. (Please see my previous post for more of the story so far.)

The wheelchair we are raising money for is fantastic.  At the press of a button he will go from sitting to standing, which not only helps him physically by increasing his circulation and keeping his muscles active, it will give him a huge boost of confidence and self esteem.

Connor should have the opportunity to be able to stand up next to his mates in the school grounds for as long as his body allows it, and this is what drives us all to help.

We have raised in excess of $10,000 so far for Connor but there is still a way to go before we get to $38,000. So if you feel you want to help out, contact me direct or deposit to the following account and make a difference in this Sydney Kid’s life.

Account Name: Connor Kirby

Bank : St George

BSB : 112-879

A/C : 152593968

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WHEELCHAIR FUNDRAISER FOR CONNOR

October 15, 2013

Please join us this weekend in Bondi and help make Connor’s dream become a reality

When: Sat 19th October, 2013

Time: 3pm

Where : Bondi Golf & Diggers Club

5 Military Road, North Bondi, Sydney, Australia 2026

WHY: To raise money to buy a wheelchair for my friend Connor who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) – a muscle wasting disease that as of 2013 has no cure.

Connor: Is the 13 year old son of my old school friend and neighbor Julianne Milham

ImageHe is in his 1st year of high school & has outgrown his current wheelchair and would dearly love a new one that will give him so much more independence. Connor’s chair of choice is amazing, it will help him to go from sitting to standing at the press of a button.  The cost is $38,000 and the government only subsidize a modest proportion, so his family need our help.

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What is DMD- 

DMD mainly affects boys from a young age, they first lose the ability to walk and do the things that most of us take for granted.  It is a very complex way of life for both those affected with DMD and their families. There is so much information out there  if you wish to learn more, and some really great research programmes happening. The most important thing day to day, is for these kids to grow up feeling happy and loved.

The story so far : I am a Roosters supporter, so an old school friend dared me to wear a Manly Jersey on the NRL Grand Final day. If I did he would donate $100 to Connor’s appeal, a number of people also joined in and before i knew it I was planning a Bondi Pub crawl with my hubby Mike dressed in Roosters gear and me in the Maroon and White.Image

2013 NRL Grand Final Day  – We rode around Bondi Beach with the Connor Appeal bucket and I copped a sledging everywhere I went! However,  I also met some amazing generous people along the way.  Mike and I had a lot of fun and it was all worthwhile. Thankfully The Roosters won and I wasn’t dis-owned by my friends

$2130 was raised for Connor for our efforts and another $1400 has been donated online ,and we expect another $1500 of promised pledges to come in soon. Image Image

 

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Challenge : I am asking all my friends to jump onto this fundraiser, come to the event this saturday and meet Connor and his gorgeous family.

If you can afford to, buy a few raffle tickets or one of our auction items, then give yourselves a huge pat on the back for being wonderful, compassionate human beings.

This will make a huge difference in this amazing kid’s life and every single cent we raise goes straight to Connor’s new Wheelchair.

Connor and his family are so grateful for this fundraiser and send their thanks.

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I am still scouting for raffle prizes and auction items, so if you can help in any way please give me a call.

Thanks in advance for your generosity

Kim Mcmahon-Lipping (Kimmy Mac)

Ph: 0414-514-558 – email: kimmymac7@gmail.com

RA Girls Surf Show Results

January 24, 2012

Our Very own BGSR frother, Claire Yoemans made an impressive debut in this fabulous event, coming 2nd in the B Grade. Congrats Claire we are very proud.

Click on the link below for the contest wrap

http://www.ragirls.com/2012/01/24/skye-is-the-limit-for-burgess-at-the-brian-hilton-ra-show/

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