I have been totally buried in "Our Backyard Fundraiser" when I say buried I literally mean buried, my house was wall to wall filled with prizes and supplies we couldn't sit anywhere, even my bedroom was filled with beers and drinks and boxes for it and just when I thought there was enough, more things would pile in. I am not at all complaining I was overwhelmed by the generosity of people it really has blown me away.
The Fundraiser was a great success. After so much rain for weeks on end, Sydney pulled out a magical sunny day. I am sure Max had something to do with that. He was certainly with us all day I felt his presence as we celebrated the day in his memory. We had 130 guests! We had a huge marquee with a floor, a jumping castle, a photobooth, silent auctions, raffles, gummi bear guessing competition, helium balloons, a live band (my nephews band) and lucky door prizes. Oh and the sausage sizzle and a cafe machine with heaps of cakes and sweets. We handed out gift thak you bags filled with goodies, which were a hit. Everything was donated, it was unbelievable! It kept everyone entertained all day. Friends and family are still talking about how much fun they had and what a great cause. That makes me happy and Max would be just over the moon. Selfishly the whole event, even though lots of work, was really rewarding. We raised $11,543 for the Rainbows for Kate Foundation I am hoping we made some difference. Max's artworks sold at the live auction, one going for $400 and the other going for $600 he would be so delighted with that! People are already talking about the "next one" hold on! I am still recovering from this one and did I ever even mention a next one ? It's too early to even contemplate.
The beautiful team from the RBK foundation were there, including Kates husband and gorgeous girls. He presented me with this fantastic gift, which means so much to me. I love it!
It's still not over yet, I now have all the thank yous to get out and I still haven't done Max's funeral thank yous yet. So I will still be busy, busy. I am keeping busy with Bubbaboo also, he is growing into one cheeky boy, but good cheeky. You can see his little personalty coming through and he constantly makes me smile. He was tossed around to so many arms at the fundraiser and he wasn't worried one bit.
Bea and BP came to visit this week. They had actually booked their tickets to come to the first fundraiser that was planned before Max passed away which was just so lovely of them. Since that didn't happen they changed their dates. It was so nice to see them and spend some time with them both. Bea and PB had an eventful start to the trip but I will let Bea tell that story if she wishes. I tried to be hospitalable and Bea reassured me I was but I felt like crap with a head cold and unwinding from the fundraiser. We had a lovely day out to Darling Harbour , it was freezing and the day started off wet but we did get some blue sky by the end of it. BP is one very clever little boy, he is amazing and a real cutie! I loved watching Bubbaboo interact, they were really good together, although it was challenging trying to get a photo of them together. I soon realised that 2 year olds unlike 9.5 month olds don't sit still for very long.
I am sure I have so much more to say about this entire week but I am just too tired, I should get to bed and rest up. But I will leave you with some pics of the fundrasier.
If you would like to donate to the foundation please visit the Rainbows for Kate website and make a donation online.
The backyard setup.
The Prizes & Silent Auctions
Max's Artwork up for Live Auction.
The Jumping Castle in action.