Amazing friends, great family, local fame and the linen party that rocked.
The marathon is less than five weeks away. Am I nervous and excited? Yes! Exhausted, emotional and sick of sunrises? Yes. There are days when I’d rather stick pins in my eyes than run, then there are the runs that make it all swing back the other way and the moments when I think about what it will be like when I’m actually running the marathon. This is when I know a few sleep-ins aren’t worth it, this race is what I want to do.
Besides I can’t turn back now, too many people are behind me. A couple of weeks ago I surpassed my $9,000 fundraising goal and am now close to $11,000. There have been several amazing events and people that have made this happen.
The moment that I knew my target was topped was after the linen party organised and held by my great friend Kirsten. Her friend Jen is an agent for Lorraine Lea Linen and between her and Kirsten they pulled off an afternoon where not only over $3000 worth of linen was sold – of which 10% will go to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (approx $320), Jen and her husband Ben are determined to match that amount. Furthermore, Kirsten organised raffle prizes from her workplace – the Chifley Alice Springs Resort, her family’s shops – Swank Shoes & Exotiq Homewares, along with a mattress topper donated by Jen, photography package from Chloe Geraghty AND baked cakes as prizes so that we could hold an ‘everyone wins a prize’ raffle at the party which raised $400. She had so many prizes that she held ANOTHER raffle and organised the tickets to be sold – raising another $320. Kirsten and Jen are both seriously amazing! The photos below are from the linen party afternoon which about 25 women attended (yummy food and sangria as well as fundraising!).
My parents through their successful brunch, sausage sizzles and donations from the people of Cowell and greater Eyre Peninsula have raised over $3000 in total. This is the community where I grew up and I have been overwhelmed at the level of support I have received!
Thanks to two more superb ladies there will be more money coming in! On the weekend Kristen (different person to Kirsten) and Ange held an Italian Feast style lunch in Melbourne which by all accounts was another success!
Recently an article about my 2013 London Marathon Endeavour was published in the local newspaper for Alice Springs – the Centralian Advocate. I was quoted in it saying I don’t think I would’ve taken on this project had I not been living in Alice Springs. I certainly meant it – once again I have been overwhelmed by the local support.
Without risk of waffling and overuse of adjectives, I’ll take this opportunity to thank all family, friends and strangers from near and far who have donated to my cause and the ACRF. Every dollar has gone toward Cancer Research and giving me great big fuzzy feelings. It’s not finished yet either! If you have been reading this blog and intended to donate, but haven’t yet or would like to now, you can do so at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/anouska_zerna it will help make my next 4.30am alarm seem even more worth it.