The local theatre company announced a night of theatre and musical performance at the local lecture theatre, and what a performance it was. So much talent, and again so well supported. More $$ to the fund.
One of the local coffee shops offered to open Good Friday morning with all proceeds to be donated to the fund. Wow! All workers donated their time and wonderful barista skills. I approached the local supermarket owner to see if he would donate some milk for their efforts... “is that all you want?” “Yes. Is that ok?” “No worries” he said... then a couple of days later he presented a bottle of Penfolds Grange to auction on Good Friday. Once again, I was not surprised.
The local jeweller donated a beautiful diamond ring for auction, and some friends offered one week’s accommodation in Italy to auction. Yes, it was taking off.
A beautiful community feeling
Still more individuals and groups came on board...
- The two primary schools held fund raising events
- The dog walkers organised an event
- The Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee donated 150 chairs
- Our beautiful Pilates instructor organised a sunrise beach session to raise funds
- The local cafes and restaurants donated vouchers and goods so that we could create raffle prizes
- The book club had a collection
- The aged care facility rattled the tin
- Our local shire council held a “doughnut for a donation day”
- The Port Fairy Football Netball Club offered marquees in case the heavens opened, as predicted
- Our local butcher donated 200 fish patties
- One of the living treasures of the town created a seafood paella to feed the masses
The $$ in the account were steadily rising.
Finally, on Good Friday, the largest bunch of cyclists we have had yet, set off on the ride to Macarthur and back. All with a Ukraine flag patch pinned to their cycling jerseys. A great sight.
Over 100 people attended the fundraiser, and what a day it was. With the raffles, the auctions, the generous donations, we raised $16,000 on the day. Such a beautiful community feeling, topped off by a local group of singers who performed a few songs, followed by our very talented friends who sang the Ukrainian National Anthem (in Ukrainian). How could it not be a perfect day? The heavens did not open.
The final tally was just short of $33,000. The floods in Northern NSW and Southern QLD had given us an additional cause. It was decided that the bulk of our fundraising should go to the Ukraine appeal, with the remainder to the flood appeal.
The Port Fairy community found creative ways to help, such as this sunrise beach session
organised by a local Pilates instructor.
Don’t doubt. Just do!
Why Save the Children? Our Good Friday fundraiser was always about children. It seemed so natural that this charity would be the choice. Simple as that.
There were no challenges in thinking about holding this event. I never once thought it would not succeed. Never a doubt is something I say often. Never a doubt.
The community of Port Fairy is like none that I have experienced in my life. So willing to help those in need. You just have to ask. Sometimes, you don’t even have to ask. People everywhere want to help. They want to do something. Sure, giving money is ok, but doing something to make that money happen to help others is even more poignant. We can all do this. Don’t doubt. Just do! - Maggie
If you have been inspired by Maggie, why not organise your own fundraiser in your community, school, or workplace?