The CHO fundraiser on Friday night was just wonderful. I keep thinking about it – about the fun it was, about people’s faces, the laughter, the food, the music, the contributions that so many people made that added up to a very special occasion. This has had me thinking about what makes a difference and how to create change, because, in small but important ways I think that the event on Friday night at Port Noarlunga shifted the world a little bit in a better direction.
We often think that overcoming violence and oppression are too hard, that we aren’t good enough, that we’re not smart enough or important enough, but maybe that’s not how things really change at all. Friday night had many of things going for it including:
- lots of people doing something to contribute to the whole
- stories of growth and change
- fun and laughter
- focusing on what we can do and how we are strong, not getting stuck in our shortcomings
- lots of different kinds of people
- a sense of encouragement, generosity and hopefulness
This is all pretty general though, and at the risk of not mentioning some of the many special aspects of the night, here are a few sweet ingredients that went to making up the glorious whole:
- Andria, Imy and Ki buzzing around for hours on end before during and after the event. They did so much to make sure the night went well.
- Richard and his lovely waistcoat/girdle. What a treasure. What an MC
- Rubia and Mia singing and playing like a dream
- So many people looking like a million bucks in their cocktail gear
- Sharon and Angela in glamourous black staffing the bar
- Robyn and Trish waiting on tables
- Matt videoing all the speakers (how good is that!)
- Shelley, Mandy, Andria, Fiona and Yvonne telling such moving stories. Wow wow wow they were great.
- Katrine and Deirdre speaking so well also, setting the scene, telling their stories, introducing others
- Luke’s fantastic massages going on up the back throughout the night. That man has golden fingers!
- Sarah everywhere with her camera (many thanks for the photos coming up)
- Titus playing lovely music and singing for us – his gentle melodies accompany my memories now
- Reunions between old friends – eg Mandy and Kylie, who both Dared to Dream many years ago
- Danielle who came to support her student colleagues
- Nadia and Andria and maybe more who came without knowing anyone after reading about the night in the paper
- Brendan who was the go to guy for just about any job that needed doing
- Craig on the sound and lights
- Nicole in the kitchen producing such tasty morsels for us all
- Fiona B who supplied drinks at very low cost to us and organised many of the donations
- Lorraine (the mayor) who came in response to Imy’s request for her support
- Anne introducing herself to new people and then introducing them to others
- Friends supporting each other. Shayne and Mandy, Shelley with her mum, sister and aunt, Hayley and Trish, Nicky and Dee (Nicky is such a wonderful friend to me). Sue, Linda, Jonquil and many more
- Donations from many people who couldn’t come, which enabled us to have others attend on subsidised tickets
- Wendy’s beautiful donated vase that attracted lots of interest in the silent auction
- All the prizes at the auction – the generosity of their givers
- Hearing about the Photovoice exhibition from Jesse, Sharon and Colleen
- Carina from my work coming unexpectedly, and the lovely Megan, and one of the other lovely Megans, and the donation from our third lovely Megan
- Fiona V making me laugh out in the back room while we organised the presents
- People meeting each other for the first time
- So many friends supporting CHO and helping us to get off the ground
Obviously I could go on and on, and on and on and on! But it was that sort of night. Please feel free to add to these thoughts in the comments. Before I finish with some of Sarah’s pictures, I will just say that just like the sun rises every day with such beauty, so we can bring our own beauty to the daily task of living well and helping each other to have good lives. Thanks to ALL for being part of the event.