Well we’ve had our two Bunnings BBQs now, and they were a great
success! Our first one, on Sunday 27
February was at Marsden Park Bunnings and unfortunately hampered by the threat
of rain all day but we still managed to raise a healthy profit of $386 which we
were very happy about considering the weather.
Thankfully the constant rain we’d all been living through had finally stopped in time for our second BBQ which was in Penrith on 13 March, this time the sun was out all day, and it was perfect weather for a BBQ so we had a much more successful day with a fantastic profit of $1347. We were constantly on the go all day and even ran out of bread at one stage!! We couldn’t keep up with the demand which was a nice problem to have, albeit a little frustrating while waiting for more bread! The longest 10 minutes of the day and it surprised me that people were prepared to wait until they were ready, but they were, which was nice.
A few little anecdotes from the days included, no food going to waste, if a sausage split or got burnt, we saved them for any dogs that came to visit with their owners! Which they were very happy about! 🐶 We also had a drive thru sale which surprised us and added a bit of variety to our day.
The QR code Bunnings supplies for those who don’t have cash didn’t work in Penrith for some reason, not sure why, but never mind Osko to the rescue!! We even taught a few people how to use Osko which they loved so that was a nice little added bonus. In the end we had over $100 in Osko payments which was awesome!! We had lots of return customers, apparently the smell was wafting through the shop, which we had no problems with as it attracted those who came in through a different entrance. 😁
Finally, we have to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers who either helped us out on one or both days or kindly contributed to our costs, it made such a difference and we’re very grateful. 😊
Our next focus is on a wine fundraiser, if you’d like to buy some nice wine and support a good cause at the same time, please click on the link below to bring up the order form where you can purchase some wine if you like.
Firstly, a massive thank you to all those who have kindly donated to our fundraising efforts, at the time of writing we are almost one quarter of the way to reaching our $6000 goal.
Since our last blog, we had a couple of little glitches including my phone being out of action for a few weeks and on one occasion we couldn’t find each other at our designated meeting point, we were both there, just at different locations and unable to communicate as I didn’t have a phone!! 😖 Both worrying that something had happened to the other, we’ve had a few giggles about it since then. 🤣
Leading up to Christmas we got a couple more walks in around the Blacktown area and then over Christmas took a bit of a break.
In the new year we’ve already done a few walks around Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains National Park, for our first one we were going to do the Euroka Clearing walk but the weather wasn’t great so we decided to turn around before we got there to be on the safe side. Hopefully we’ll get back there one day soon. The following week we did the Jellybean pool, which turned out to be a really easy walk, again the weather wasn’t fabulous and we were trying to get from Jellybean pool to Blue pool, I was sure you could walk between the two but the track looked a bit hairy in a few places so not sure if we missed a turn off. 🤷♀️
Last Saturday, we did the ‘Red Hands Cave’ walk, our initial plan was to do the direct walk to, and from which should have taken approximately 2 hours return but we missed a turn off and ended up doing a slightly different walk which made it longer and a little harder, so it was a good mistake to make really, good for our training. In the end we took about 4 ½ hours but along the way we stopped a lot for photos, taking in the environment and enjoying being in the outdoors.
We’re working on putting together a calendar of events, you’re welcome to join us if you’re interested. As a way to help with our fundraising, if you would like to join us on one of our walks we do ask for a $25 donation per person, which of course goes straight to the Heart Foundation. Tickets can be purchased through our Eventbrite booking tool. (note for self – put link here).
We’re also planning a couple of Bunnings BBQs, one in Marsden Park and one in Penrith, dates to be confirmed. We’ll let you know when once we have more details. If you would be interested in volunteering some of your time to help out at one of the BBQ’s please let either Seema or myself know.
What would also be really helpful is if you are able to help us out with contacts of people or companies who would be willing to donate the supplies needed for the BBQ’s, such as sausages, bread, sauces, drinks, serviettes etc again, please let either Seema or myself know. The less expenses we incur, the faster we get to our fundraising target.
Another potential event we’re hoping to organize is a market stall selling Heart Foundation merchandise, if you would have the time to volunteer that would also be really appreciated. When we have finalized dates for all of these events we’ll keep you informed.
Our first blog
Welcome to our first blog post and thanks for visiting this page.
Seema and I are both excited about our upcoming adventure and looking forward to getting to the Flinders Ranges next year. In the meantime, we’ve got some training to do!! So, to prepare, we’ll be going for walks every Saturday gradually building up the length, intensity, difficulty etc as well as breaking in new hiking boots and getting accustomed to carrying our day packs!!
Like everyone, thanks to lockdown, we had to put things on hold for a few months, so we’ve only just started our training and fundraising in earnest but have lots of plans to keep us busy for the next seven months until we head over to Flinders.
A week ago, we went to Windsor Downs Nature Reserve for our first walk, which was a nice flat, easy walk to get started and was great to get outside in the fresh air. (It was also kind of exciting driving further than 5km from our houses to go somewhere)! That was an adventure in itself! Following the success of that, we agreed we’d meet up weekly to build momentum and get as much training as we can.
This weekend just gone; we went to Yarramundi Reserve with the intention of doing a good bushwalk, but I unfortunately had a wardrobe malfunction! I wore my hiking boots for the first time in about 15-20 years and wanted to try them out to make sure they would still be good for the trek, we were walking on the beach part of the reserve, through a lot of sand and all of a sudden, I felt this weird weight in my shoe, lifted my foot to discover the sole had started coming apart from the bottom of the shoe and was flapping about and I could no longer walk properly. I felt like a clown wearing shoes about six sizes too big due to the way I had to walk! I wish I had a photo of it now but didn’t think of that at the time. In a way I was glad it happened at the beginning of the walk, so we didn’t have far to go back but I would’ve preferred it happened after we got a walk in for the day. When I got back to my car, I shook my foot, so I didn’t bring any sand into the car and the sole came off completely, so that was the end of that.
We haven’t discussed where we’re going this coming weekend, possibly back to Yarramundi for take two! We’ll work something out.
Our plan is to update this blog about once a month leading up to the trek, as we get closer we might do more often and when we’re on the trek we’ll update it at the end of each day. We’ll let you know what we’ve been up to since the last blog post and what our plans are for the next few weeks and any fundraising activities coming up, we’re madly brainstorming at the moment so we’ll keep you posted. Now that things are opening up again, we might do one or two Bunnings BBQ’s in our local area. When we firm up a few more ideas we’ll let you know.
Trek Flinders Ranges for Australian Hearts
We’ve taken on a challenge to Do it for Heart!
We are passionate about saving Australian Hearts and need your help to create change. That’s why we are fundraising for the Heart Foundation – and hope you’ll support us in this.
Heart disease remains Australia’s biggest killer, claiming 48 lives every day. Your donation will help the Heart Foundation to transform Australia’s heart health by:
Funding life-changing heart research
Supporting health professionals working to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease
Providing heart-healthy programs and resources for everyday Australians.
Please make a donation today, click the donate button. Every donation, big or small will help get us closer to our goal.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you’ll get a receipt by email as soon as you make your donation
Thank you for your support.
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Thank you to my Sponsors
Seema & Angela
Angela And Seema
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