The Professionals (real estate agents) organised a charity golf day for the Child Cancer Foundation. Then afterwards there was an auction and a dinner with all proceeds to the Child Cancer Foundation. Bianca and I were part of the evening festivities.
I had my speech all planned and had bullet points of the points I wanted to cover, I practised it and was confident I would do great! And so we got there and we met some really really nice people who are so devoted to supporting the Child Cancer Foundation. They asked us if we would stay for dinner (or tea as they say here) afterwards and showed us to our seats.
Here Bianca and I are with John and Leanne as well as Malcolm from The Professionals.
|From left to right - Lea, Bianca, John, Leanne, Malcolm (The Professionals)|
|These people were very interested in some of Bianca's beads|
|So strong and so composed|
Bianca was sitting on a chair next to me. I started all confident and did my intro and then... I just became incredibly overwhelmed and emotional and had to stop and catch my breath and compose myself before I could carry on. I didn't refer to any of my bullet points in the end. I know I referred to Bianca's beads. I know I referred to some of the challenges she faced during her treatment and I know I spoke of the wonderful support we've always had from the very start with CCF. I cannot believe I became all emotional for the full duration of my talk. Really? Speaking to 1 person I have absolutely no problem. I can tell you anything you want to know and more without even blinking, but suddenly in front of the crowd - oh wow!
If there is one positive from this, I guess is that in Dale Carnegie they say you have to start with impact. And I think I did. As soon as I did my intro and I stood there catching my breath I had most of the 80 - 100 people in tears. I'm happy for them to be in tears, but didn't want me to be emotional as well. Sigh! Sometimes I wish I was stronger. I thought I was. I'll definitely have to re-work my talk next time. Maybe find a different way to open.
When I got back to my seat I had a few people coming up saying that they wanted to thank me for getting up there and sharing our journey and that they were touched. One guy said he wanted to come and help me as I stood up there, but he was crying too much.
I can tell you it wasn't how I practised it.
And as soon as I was done I had no problem telling people anything they wanted to know and more, so I have no idea what was up with me last night!
Then it was time for the auction. For part of the auction Bianca helped out holding the item up so people could see it to bid on it. I was pleasantly surprised to see one of Caitlyn's artworks that we had done a while ago for CCF which the Professionals requested to use as part of their initiatives to help raise money for CCF. Caitlyn's painting raised about $150. How neat is that!
|Caitlyn's first artwork up for display and auction :-)|
|Bianca was a great assistant|
Dinner (or tea) was lovely and it was so nice being included. When we were sitting there a lady came up to me with tears rolling down her cheeks and she told me that me getting up there and seeing Bianca has touched her like nothing ever did. She then gave me the bracelet (click here to read about it) she paid around $150 for in the auction.
Despite absolutely embarrassing myself and Bianca, I'm really glad we were able to be there last night to help make a difference. It is so heart-warming seeing these people so committed at making a difference and supporting a charity that doesn't get any government funding at all. Last night people dug really deep and it was amazing to see! Thank you!
PS - Thanks Paul for the chat last night about the evening and all your reassuring words!