This year I’m dreaming even bigger, why the hell not!
What a start to the year! After being pretty pleased to see the back of 2014, I’m so excited for what 2015 has in store for my now-not-so-little charity. Already we have new partners, new donors and a fantastic new fundraising effort, all in the name of Heartfelt Homes.
To celebrate the start of what is going to be a fabulous year, my family and I spent a fantastic week in Sydney. But of course, this time of year is the busiest for a charity such as Heartfelt Homes, and my phone was never switched off. While we visited family and friends and did the tourist thing, I was also working hard to keep together families who had been affected by car accidents, unforeseen critical injuries and all kinds of terrible situations. Fortunately, with the support of our donors, I was able to keep families together during their most difficult time. I can’t thank you enough for that support.
On the subject of our wonderful supporters, my super-gorgeous man Andy and some of his awesome buddies are officially in training for an epic 800km bike ride for Heartfelt Homes! Starting on Saturday, May 30, Andy and his fellow Heartfelt Heroes will ride from Lennox Head to Sydney, with the intention of EACH raising $1,000 for Heartfelt Homes. Yes, $1,000 each! I’m in awe of these guys, and urge you get behind these wonderful MAMIL (middle-aged men in lycra!). To donate, simply click here: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/andrew-heartfelthomes
If such heroics inspire you, why don’t you become a Heartfelt Hero and join Andy and his MAMIL on their epic adventure? Set yourself up a profile at https://everydayhero.com/au/sign-up and send me a message ([email protected]) so I can reserve your spot, get you a jersey and shout about it. The ride is broken down into eight legs, varying from 80-120km per day, and you can do one, some, or all the legs – whatever suits you.
If that wasn’t exciting enough, we have the most amazing new partner here at Heartfelt Homes. We’ve teamed up with Wavelength International (www.wave.com.au), a medical recruitment agency that places locum and permanent jobs in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. These guys are experts in the healthcare sector and understand better than most the challenges families face whilst a loved one is in hospital far from home, so they’re a perfect fit for Heartfelt Homes. We’re looking forward to working with these guys in 2015.
The only way this year could get any better is with a little more regular financial support. In the words of Bob Geldof, send us your money! A regular donation of just $10 a month could help keep families together in their darkest hours.
One of the hospitals we provide our services to – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead – summed Heartfelt Homes up perfectly when they recently told me: “At the time of a medical crisis, new diagnosis or treatment, families need to be able to focus on their child’s needs. They need to be here for their child and sometimes find it difficult to arrange care for their other children.
“The hospital provides accommodation for parents of inpatients, however, we are unable to accommodate siblings or extended family. Ronald McDonald House cannot always assist, as the demand on their service is high. In this situation the provision of short-term accommodation by Heartfelt Homes assists a family through the medical crisis and gives them time to make alternative arrangements for the longer term. It also enables families to stay together at a very difficult time.
“Another group who benefit from the assistance of Heartfelt Homes are families of outpatients. Families who need to travel a long distance to the hospital often require accommodation before or after the appointment, or sometimes an outpatient appointment can lead to an unexpected admission and a family, often with siblings who have come along for the day, find themselves having to stay here.
“Thank you for your help in 2014 Heartfelt Homes; keep up the good work. Please support Heartfelt Homes and help them continue to support our families in desperate need of somewhere to stay near their child.”
Happy New Dreams for 2015!