I mean it when I tell people my friends are amazing. I mean, not just the great drinking-buddy-shoulder-to-cry-on-brings-you-a-pizza-when-you-are-too-heartbroken-to-move amazing. I mean the really intent on instigating change and making the world a better place type of amazing. And they are capital G- Getting it done, one project at a time.
One such beautiful soul is Lucy, a Sydney trained ICU nurse who earlier this year decided to start Nurse Teach Reach, an organisation which will coordinate train-the-trainer programs for Nurses in developing countries, starting with Nepal. If you talk to Lucy about the whole experience she will say that it snowballed, with the support and generosity of her friends and family completely flooring her from DAY 1. Before she knew it she was in up to her elbows in the merchandise, prayer flags, enquiries, ideas, video scripts, forms and paperwork that all come with trying to start an NGO. And most importantly throughout all that in kind support Lucy was able to crystallise real roles for people- delegate, coordinate and ask for help when she needed it.
What I’ve learnt from helping out with Nurse Teach Reach is that the energy and skills of people are out there, they just need to be harnessed by the right person, and that person needs to be driven to the point where they don’t stop asking, pushing, trying and cajoling because we do happen to live in an obstructionist world sometimes, and we definitely live in a time poor, stressed out world but that doesn’t change the fact that people want to find a way to give of themselves in the best way they can.
On Saturday the fundraiser was held for Nurse Teach Reach was held at Petersham Bowling Club. With Sydney putting on her most stunning show off weather it was a great day- tipsy games of lawn bowls, a really generous raffle with prizes and a great turn out. A little bit about Petersham Bowling Club- their tagline is LIVE, LOCAL & POKIE FREE. Petersham Bowlo is one of the few true community owned and run clubs remaining in Sydney, proudly saved from demolition a few years ago by a very active and involved community. They support craft beers and local events, workshops and gigs. The greens and club interiors are all original and the philosophy has obviously been low interference, low maintenance. As we were sitting next to the green having a chinwag and a beverage a man popped out of a small cellar door with his hands covered in dirt and explained that the club is in the process of sprouting its own hops for beer ! Head over to the PBC website for the full timetable of the events they hold, there is certainly something for everyone.
Check out the Nurse Teach Reach website and Facebook page for the full story on their mission and keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming promo vid by the amazing Elle Fred which may or may not feature me and Luce showing off some pretty B-grade acting skills amongst other things !
Below are some photos from the fundraiser- NTR raised over $3,000 for the upcoming trip to Nepal. In Nepal that amount of money will go a long way.
Thank you to all who came down and gave of their time and money so generously!
Till next time,