I thought it might be a nice thing to do to give you a bit of an update on where I’m at with my Great (in)SANE Inspired Adventure goings on.
Mostly because soooo many of you have given me support in one way or another. Mostly in donations – thank you very much – but also sharing my crazy ideas with those around you. Feel free to carry on doing so; I could still use more donations, and lots more sharing and love.
I do need to give a very, very big thank you to the wonderful Nerida at Admin Bandit, who not only said some lovely things about me and what I do for raising awareness of mental health, and supporting those with mental illness, she then went and donated an amount that made me sob out loud.
There was snot and everything. So … yeah, thanks for that, Nerida and Admin Bandit.
Just so you know I’m not just sitting back and hassling you all for money every couple of days or so, I have been doing other stuff, too. Indeed a few weeks back, around the time of the Easter-type activities, I organised a Hot Cross Bun morning tea at Corporate Land, where they are utilising my worderating skills for various, in-house projects.
Alas, communication can be somewhat inconsistent in such confines, and it turns out another department on my floor were also having a Hot Cross Bun morning tea.
The bakery department at William Angliss Institute had so very generously donated 30 dozen – 30 dozen – hot cross buns for my cause, and the catering department at the office had been seconded to cook up and serve quite a lot of hot cross buns, with buttery butter, and cream, and piled up on platters and stuff.
There I was, with my 30 boxes – a great wall of hot cross bun boxes if you like – almost in tears and wondering what I was going to do. Whilst hunched over my desk, feeling somewhat overwhelmed, unbeknownst to me the goings on in the kitchen were working in my favour; my little donation box I had made up was pushed into a corner (to make way for platters of buns, and jam, and cream, and real butter), with several of my boxes.
Yet it was seen, and it appeared people had seen my little “gold coin donation” note, and got a bit mixed up with what buns were fundraising buns, and which ones weren’t, and they donated. Then, with a taste for bunny goodness (bread buns, not the rabbit sort … perhaps I should have written “bun-y”?) they bought (technically “donated funds towards”) boxes to take home for their loved ones.
So that was a relief. One amazingly, gorgeous, and generous woman matched the amount the entire department collectively raised by hot cross bun. There were more tears there.
Currently, there’s a Guess The Lollies In The Lolly Jar thing going on, and I have to give massive thanks to the gorgeous Jacqui from Rainbow Designs for her support with that one. Also, Rainbow designs are just ace, so go there now and buy your mum something nice for Mothers Day … and go again in a few weeks and buy her something nice for no other reason than “just ‘cos”.
I’ve also been training for the walk. And because I am such a “horrible mother” who “never lets” her kids “do anything” and I am “ruining their lives” I have involved my kids in my long walks in and around nature, and rocks, trees, rivers, and stuff.
If you’re not already doing so, you can follow my physical training for my Great Wall for SANE adventure on various social media, using the hashtag #MadCowSANETrain
As I write this, I’m a smidge under $1000 off the absolute minimum I need to raise before they’ll let me go.
If you could donate here to get me over the line, that’d be awesome.
Share, comment, spread the word … because having a mental illness sucks, and it is really, really hard for everyone involved.
I’m just doing what I can to try to make things just that little bit easier for all those everyone’s.
You can help me by doing your little bit, too.
Remember, none of the funds raised is going towards any of my expenses; not a cent. I’m paying all that myself. Okay, and I’m dropping hints about gear and cameras and stuff to the family, in the hope I get something brill for Mothers Day.
Every cent you donate goes directly to SANE Australia … because they are doing awesome stuff, and deserve it. Also, they need it.