Wednesday, 26 January 2011

.Thankyou for Standing Under our Pink Umbrella.

What a wonderful adventure we've been on together the last fortnight! In the wake of the devastation and loss of the floods, you have poured out your support for those affected and your support for one another. We have been touched by your generosity, your humour (some of that bidding got a little competitive!) and your creativity.

You've each shared in giving something you had a part in making, making something with your hands from scratch, with care and love. These very personal items have helped raise much needed funds and also been received with great gratitude from all those who supported by bidding and buying. You should be so proud of yourselves, from the $10 to the $2000 raised, every contribution is worthwhile and wonderful.
Apart from the money raised, just voicing our awareness of the flood victims on our blogs, websites, and in the media, has been a real emotional support to many of those affected. Sometimes, in our greatest trials, it's just nice to know people care. I know this outpouring of love has really lifted hands that hang down and hearts that are sad. In knowing we care, we ease the load, and sometimes, that is the best thing we can do. "We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love"~ Mother Teresa.
So, I know we've said it before, but we mean it with full, grateful hearts - Thank you. Thank you for making our little scratchy vision big and marvelous. Thank you for putting up with our sleep-deprived mummy memories when we forgot something. Thank you for your kind emails, you are all women (okay and like two guys!) with big hearts, deep pockets and you know that all we can really give in this life is the gift of ourselves. 
Now, onto what you're really waiting for and that's our grand total...we're scared you won't believe us - we had to double check our spread sheet 3 times!

We're not kidding!

So here we go. Altogether, you raised
$99,089
for Queensland!!  WELL DONE! That is just amazing!!  Now get back on your computer chair...don't run off the road if you are reading this on your iPhone.  How awesome are you?!!!!

(To all of you wonderful Author's for Queensland crew - we thankyou for joining us crafty chicks and sharing our pink umbrella.)

So, in return we have a little (tiny) farewell gift for you. It's just a little token of our appreciation:



Make It Perfece



You can put it on your blog or site to remind you that you were part of something very special. And, if you were a bidding/ticket buying supporter please take one if you want to, because you made this big effort possible too.
What a wonderful end to Australia Day this is - just an ordinary group of good, Aussie women doing what good Aussie women have always done, just lending a hand to friends in need (a tech-savvy modern-day CWA cake stall!).

Thank you again, and hopefully we'll meet again in blogland, (or maybe even in real life!),
Toni and Carli.

 (all images sourced here)

78 comments:

Little Munchkins said...

That is AMAZING!! Well done to everyone, and to you Toni and your sister for your hard work.

Catherine said...

Thank you so much for coordinating such an amazing fundraiser... actually I think it raised much more than money (and so much money and that!!!). Hope you get a bit of time to relax after so much work!

Chantal said...

That's fantastic. Thanks for dealing with all the logistics, promoting it and keeping us all on track (and dealing with a gazillion emails from us all!). Brilliant effort. The new badge is now sitting proudly on my blog : )

Becky said...

Wow! Well done to everyone who took part.

Kate said...

Oh, you made me cry!

monkeemoomoo said...

THANK-YOU for holding up the pink umbrella!I was just coming on to e-mail you guys with my total, we are still at a friends for Australia Day. But you have beat me to it and already totalled up.

WOW!WOW! What an amazing job you and Carli and your helpers have done. You must very proud today:)

Rochelle said...

WOW!!!
That is just wonderful. Yes, I nearly did fall off my seat. I was overcome with emotion too.
Thank you Toni and Carli for organising and running this fabulous appeal.
You guys ROCK!

chibbylick said...

Oh you have me in tears!
And you thought originally you'd be lucky to raise $1000
Together, we can do hard things...

Maree: said...

OMG! I have Goose Bumps reading that Total..I will Proudly put it up on my Blog...
ThankYou Girl's for all your hard work...and More Hard Work is still being done by the way of Sewing Kits...
cheers

Leonie Guld said...

Hey Toni, YOU WON over at my place!!!! For some reason my email is not allowing out going emails but I can receive them....confused...I KNOW!!! So pop me back an email with your address and I will post off your fab book!! Oh... I am just back from a BBQ..my total figure was $110. Thank you both for doing such a FAB job...you are just GORGEOUS!!!

Susie said...

Well done Toni - I know you didn't do this for the recognition but you deserve a real pat on the back. You did a great job. Tell your kids.

Kylie's blog said...

Wow - that is a amazing. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of such a fantastic fundraiser.

The Oz Material Girls said...

OMG, that is totally AMAZING... what a remarkable effort from everyone involved.... we reached just over $20,000 over at our auction with more donations still coming in.... We have been overwhelmed by the amazing support we have had.... I am sure you have worked around the clock like our admin team....but it is so worth it to see what a fantastic amount of money that has been raised...

WELL DONE to everyone involved

The Oz Material Girls
http://www.facebook.com/ozmaterialgirls

Leonie Guld said...

I just received your email...I can't send one back...so let it be stated publicly...you PARCEL shall be in the post in the next couple of days!!!! Whaooooooooo!!!

Sarah said...

o.m.g

way to go...

SPEECHLESS and teary

AMAZING

AMAZINGGGGGGGGGG

Vienna and Ricky said...

Wow what an effort and what a blessing to the many in need. Wow, wow, wow!!!

Robyn G. said...

Absolutely fantastic ladies!!
Wooohoo!!
Huge thanks for all your hard work and sleepless nights.. wow!
So nice to be a part of something this big no matter how small... Love it!
What a wonderful thing to share on Australia day... so proud to be an Aussie today xx

Cook Clean Craft said...

Wow! You must have the biggest warm, fuzzy feeling! Your efforts are really appreciated.

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Sometimes I am really proud to be an aussie and this is one of those times. Well done to you and those who helped you orchestrate the whole exercise. What a wonderful result.

The Bartons said...

Wow wow wow!!!!

Selina said...

Wow! That has totally made me cry! You guys are just awesome!!! I feel very proud to have been a part of this.

Christine said...

Woohoo I am so happy what has been done and I am so proud to have been part of this, it has been a wonderful week and to see the bids come in and the support from around the world, wow.

Hugs and hugs
Christine

Kate said...

Oh my goodnss!!! Wow!! That is juat wonderful. I love that a bunch of crafty chicks can really make such a difference. Big thanks to the two of you for holding it all together. Job brilliantly done. X

Cass said...

Wow well done Toni and well done to everyone who participated

Lara Gibbons - Chocolate Coated said...

Thanks for coordinating the whole thing Toni and Carli. Thank you to all of those who donated items to be auctioned/raffled. Thank you to all who left bids. On Australia Day, I'm proud to be an Aussie, capable of such generosity and compassion.

Julia said...

That is AMAZING!! Well done to everyone, and to you Toni and your sister for your hard work.

What a great thing to be reading on Australia Day...I'm so proud to be Australian and be part of this wonderful effort...

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh congratulations!! I hope that includes the $775 i forgot to email you by the 4p.m. deadline. Love Posie

Sarah Fielke said...

Hi Toni - my auction is still running as I am overseas and thought I would leave it until then, so I'm $710 and still going up. Also I taught at a shop in Amsterdam yesterday and the shop owner and students gave a portion of the class fee and some donations to the appeal as well,. I will make a donation in their name via my blog, so there's another $200 you can add to the total! wasn't that sweet of them?

Jodie said...

That is some cake stall you organised Toni (and carli).
God help the next person who disparages crafters or "internet friends" in my hearing.
We all, collectively, when we are needed are awesome.

Thankyou for bringing out the awesomeness in people.

BubzRugz said...

A wonderful effort.... well done... as a Queenslander I say thank you..........
Hugz

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

That's pretty darn amazing!!! Well done to you two for making it happen.

meika said...

Wow! That is amazing! I feel proud to have been able to play a part.

SewHappyJan said...

Sometimes words are just not enough....xxx

Andi said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
You are a legend for making all this happen.
Well done Toni!!!

Mama Goose said...

Wow - that's an amazing total! Well done Toni and Carli for your efforts in coordinating such a wonderful fundraiser.

Erin said...

Amazing Toni and Carli! Well done!

Amelia said...

Absolutely amazing!! Thanks for organising and coordinating it all. You both deserve to put your feet up for a few days :)
Amelia XO

lisa :: the red thread said...

I can hardly believe it - that is SO amazing!! WOW!!

Thanks to you and Carli for all your hard work in getting this off the ground and running it all. Thanks to all the amazing crafters and bloggers who held raffles and auctions, and thanks to all those wonderful people who donated and participated. Everyone os awesome!

Yaayyy!!!!!

one little acorn said...

Congratulations on such a huge huge effort. Well done to everyone who contributed - those who donated and managed their giveaways, those who made bids and those who entered the raffles.
What an amazing thing you have done!

Tanya said...

Massive round of applause from me- what an excellent effort, I feel proud to be a crafty blogger

Michelle said...

Wow! You and Carli have done an amazing job bringing every one together and co-ordinating this over the last few weeks. Just goes to show that little things can make a difference.

janef said...

well done everyone :) we have been out today, and I hadnt emailed you my total-oops- Kabwares raised $115! I was so rapt- its just one brick that has built a huge foundation when we are all combined!!thankyou Toni Carli and co. for such fabulous co-ordination. cheers
jane

liberal sprinkles said...

Fantastic! I'm glad to have been a part of this.

Lyn said...

Hello Toni and Carli, a huge thank you for the work you contributed in organising the Auction...I am astounded....lost for words...Warm Regards, Lyn

Theresa said...

I am speechless...amazing!

Barb said...

That is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome!!

mammajoy said...

NO WAY! That is truly wonderful. I'm so happy to have been able to help out :)

randi said...

SO AWESOME, Toni! What a wonderful community we have here on the internet. Thanks so much for all of your hard work. I am sure there was a lot going on behind the scenes!

Tanya said...

Wow! What a great reminder of how much good can be accomplished when everyone pitches in! Congratulations all around!

Penny B. said...

Wow Toni - what an amazing effort! And so much work - I don't knowhow you do it all!

Hello*Lucky*Holly said...

That is fabulous! What wonderful initiative you used!
xx
H

Amanda said...

Yay!!! This is wonderful!

~a flying fig~ said...

Well done Toni & Carli, you are both AWESOME. Big pat on the back and another round of applause from me. x

Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

Yesssss!
Thank you for all your hard work EVERYONE!!!!
Thank you for enabling us!

Pam said...

Absolutely brilliant!! Yay to us all! x

Robyn P said...

What an extraordinary achievement. I bet everyone who organised or contributed in some way will be wearing the biggest grin for days to come. Giving feels good anyway but how good must all of you feel after such an stunning result.

Angela Paynter said...

Congratulations, this is just amazing. Thank-you for your hard work in putting this all together.

AMAZING!

Ruby Star said...

Thank you guys for alllowing us to help in some small way. You are amazing!
Those pictures tell the story well. x

This Girl loves to Talk said...

that is so amazing! As a family that lives in brisbane this is a miracle!

We so need people to organise things. My husband spent 5 days 17 hour days organising flood relief through church. Its amazing what a few people can do to help others.

red in oz said...

WOW!

Exquisite Accessories said...

Oh my gosh Toni & Carli how unbelievable & fantastic is that, wonderfull you must be so proud. The tears are flowing for you & all the amazing people that took part to make this happen! :)

Exquisite Accessories said...

Oh my gosh Toni & Carli how unbelievable & fantastic is that, wonderfull you must be so proud. The tears are flowing for you & all the amazing people that took part to make this happen! :)

Angela said...

That is sooo wonderful! I was going to send in my official info, but it looks like you already have it. That's what happens when you are all in different time zones!

I'm so proud to be even a small part of this! Let the quilters take over and we really would have world peace. LOL.

Helen said...

A great effort!!!! Well done Toni for organizing us all!

Nayjay said...

That is AMAZING!!! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job of organising and coordinating everything! To everyone involved...Well done!

willow and moo said...

Oh what a fantastic effort!!!
Thank you Toni & Carli for organising this! :)

Karen said...

I was reading on my iPhone and actually gasped out loud when I read that toal, and then felt all teary!
Congratulations to you, Carli and all your gang who worked so hard for this amazing result Toni.
What am incredible community of people, one I feel very proud to be part of.

dining tables said...

This is a really nice inspiration. Nice job to all who are into this.

Chookyblue...... said...

super duper effort.......I entered a few raffles (great idea for smaller donations) but also won a couple of auctions.........woops.........lol.....but all to a great cause.........

Andrea said...

awesome awesome awesome!

michelle said...

pull your shirt up over your face and run around in victory circles. you girls are ace

Off The Peg said...

Just fantastic! Congratulations to all!

helen godden said...

so proud of u gals for organising it all and thank you for enabling those of us too distant to pick up a bucket and broom to help. You have enabled us at home to help do our bit. Fantastic work!

Felicity said...

Dear Toni,

You are proof positive that wonderful people with true hearts of gold walk amongst us.

For all that you have done to unite the blogging world with those in need, I congratulate and thank you.
You are truly a Lustrous Pearl and I thought that you might like to have a read of a post written on this topic here:

http://www.giftsofserendipity.com/2011/01/my-oh-my-lustrous-pearls-of-strength.html

Best wishes for a fantastic year ahead and all that you wish to achieve in it,

Felicity x

Pauline said...

WEll done girls!!!! What a fantastic effort!! So happy to be a part of it...great work..what more can one say..a credit you all...!!!

Cassiescuddles said...

Awesome. A little idea, turned huge. Godbless, what a difference we all can make. Thanks for putting it out there.

Stephanie said...

Thanks again for organizing everything, Toni! I'm glad I was able to do a little something to help out. I'm sure you had no idea how big this would become when you started it, and you did a fabulous job with it all!

Corrie said...

no way!!!!!!!!!!!!! well done you two! I know how much hard work you put it into it! well done, sorry I'm so late to find out I'm just catching up on my blog reading tonight

well done girls

Corrie:)

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