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CF fundraisers

There are a few of people doing things to raise money for cystic fibrosis at the moment, so I thought I would share their efforts in the hopes that they will get closer to their goal.

team_cropGavin Pearce is a 49-year-old father of three who lives with cystic fibrosis and has twice been the recipient of a double lung transplant. On Saturday 23rd February Gavin and three teammates – Rob Pearce, Leanne Bodley & Phoebe Robinson – will form the Lung Distance Swimmers and take on the epic challenge that is the Rottnest Channel Swim. They aim to raise $25,000 for Cystic Fibrosis WA as they battle the wind and the waves.
You can donate go to the Lung Distance Swimmers page to keep updated and donate. You can also listen to an interview via podcast here

Spinner_logo_finalSix every day office blokes have decided to trade in their comfortable spinning office chairs for spinning bike wheels as they set off on the 2013 Gibb Challenge from the 19th – 23rd of May. This expedition will take them 700km in a team relay across some of Australia’s toughest outback terrain as they work hard to raise their target of $50,000 for Cystic Fibrosis WA. Give them a helping hand to reach their goal by visiting their online fundraising page




Baker's DelightThis next one isn’t exactly fundraising for cystic fibrosis (but does have CF kid as a spokesman!) W.A. Baker’s Delight are holding a Bundraiser for PMH (Princess Margaret Hospital for Children) on the 16th March, 2013.
Other states are fundraising for these major hospitals across the country:
Royal Children’s Hospital (VIC)
Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (QLD)
Sydney Children’s Hospital (NSW)
John Hunter Children’s Hospital (Newcastle, NSW)
Canberra Hospital (ACT)
Women & Children’s Hospital Foundation (SA)
Royal Hobart Hospital (TAS)
$1 from every 6 pack or hot cross buns sold at Baker’s Delight stores state-wide will be donated to the PMH Foundation

If I come across any other fundraisers, I will let you know. Feel free to share any links to fundraising pages in the comments below.

Bella 🙂


65 Roses Day 2012- the run down!

It’s been a long while since I wrote anything of interest, and I thought y’all might be interested in hearing how the fundraiser went.

As you can see by the picture I decided to insert, I reached my goal of somewhere between $2000-2500!!

It was a really long road, and not without getting down in  the dumps for a little while. Our day looked like it should have been going really well! But we were left a little jaded for a while.

We managed to score around $1300 worth of products to use for prizes in our raffle. They looked fantastic and first prize was worth somewhere around $450! We had a bit of a hiccup a few days before the sausage sizzle. Tickets were already on sale in the days leading up, when I got a phone call from the Cystic Fibrosis Association of WA. They had noticed all my advertising online and rang to say that I was holding an illegal fundraiser as the total prize pool was over $1000, and I didn’t have a permit! (I thought you had to have a permit if first prize was over $1000) So after a bit of talking with them, we figured out the best way was to pull out a few prizes to bring the total down and hold a different raffle. We ended up holding a “Guess the lucky number” raffle as well. Luckily we hadnt sold any tickets yet!

So with our little “hiccup” sorted, the raffle was back underway.

Saturday (the day after 65 Roses Day) rolled around and we set up just inside the entrance of the Woolworths store by 10:30am. The smell of sausages wafted around the whole shopping complex. In five hours, we managed to sell just over 100 sausages, which is so much better than last year where we sold on about 30-40! We didn’t sell much CF merchandise, only a couple of wrist bands.

Last year, our raffle was our saviour. We made nearly $1200 last year, most of that was from ticket sales.

My mum (who helped out cooking sausages) and I went back home, made coffee, and started counting money. We were very disappointed to find that we had only raised just under $700. I mean, seven hundred bucks is awesome, but it was disappointing to see that we didn’t sell anywhere near as many tickets as last year, considering we had twice the amount of prizes donated. I felt really disappointed in myself that I didn’t even come close to what we had raised last year! The CF Association, when I called them about the fundraiser later on, told me that I was being way too hard on myself.

But it didn’t end there.

My neighbour won second prize, which was a massive body pamper pack worth around $250. After I gave them their prize, they sifted through it all and donated most of it back, stating that what was left was only going to sit around in their cupboards, unused, so I should re-raffle it. Luckily, the day after our raffle, $200 worth of Bunnings vouchers were donated, with the donator not realising the main fundraiser was over. So this, combined with the body pack…plus a few more rustled up donations, created another great prize pack.

The bosses of one of my major cleaning clients came to our fundraiser with some awesome news. Their site was donating a whopping $1500!!! PLUS, a sizable donation from their head office (I still don’t know how much that donation is)
So to say thank you, I used this new prize pack as a raffle exclusive on their work site (about 200+ people work there) so a few more dollars were raised.

The online donations are still slowly rolling in ( http://www.everydayhero.com.au/belinda_giovanazzi ) and is still available to do so until the end of the month. You can print off a tax deductible receipt after (magic words at this time of year!) The tally there currently stands at $410.

So all combined (the main fundraiser, the large donation from my client, online donations and the extra raffle at the end) the tally stands at around $2600! 

So my feelings of misery are now gone.

Now I am just trying to figure out how to approach things next year and do even better again. Right now though, I’m glad the whole thing is over! Three months of organisation (especially in the last week) still have me drained….hence why I have been a bit quiet lately.

Dont forget to donate online! 😉


65 Roses Day, 2012

It’s been a busy day around Australia today. Being that it is the last Friday of May, it means that it is 65 Roses Day.

While May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, 65 Roses Day is the biggest day of the year to raise money and awareness for the most common recessive genetic condition in Australia, probably the world.

From things I have seen online, it looks like 2012 is going to be the most successful year for raising money, ever!

My eldest son in his “Red Dress” day for school.

While my own fundraiser doesn’t start until tomorrow, it has still be a busy day for me. I organised my children’s school to have a Red Dress day with a  gold coin donation. I don’t know how much they raised, but there was a massive sea of red when we arrived at the school gates this morning!

My eldest son and daughter certainly got into the spirit of things, with spray-dyed hair, red pants and a white shirt that I had painted red lungs on to (my daughter also wore a 1920’s style headband with a red feather) My son was pulled out of class to have a photo taken at the office. At this point, I am unsure if it was for the school newsletter or for the local paper. Either way, I am glad that they made such an effort to raise awareness (with pamphlets and an educational video making the rounds of the classes)

We are all organised for our sausage sizzle tomorrow, with my mum making all the effort tonight to cut the onions. At least she has a nifty little device to slice them to prevent tears!
Our raffle has already been underway for a week. We havent sold many tickets yet, but we are sure to get plenty of sales tomorrow. We also have a “Guess the lucky number” raffle going, along with merchandise sent to us from the CF Association.
The local support has been amazing, as we have had nearly $1,300 worth of products donated for our raffles! A lot of local businesses have organised sizeable donations as well.

While it’s great that money and awareness is being raised towards cystic fibrosis, it can also be an emotional day for those living with CF on a day-to-day basis. Another CF mum mentioned this morning that the day makes her feel a little sad. I didn’t agree at first, but by this evening, I am now inclined to agree.

I love the fact that money and awareness is being raised about something that has such a major impact in our lives. But with all the information that gets advertised on a day like today, it really brings reality of the situation home to us.

CF treatments and health effects are just daily life for us. You forget what the impact is. To watch videos, or read articles, it reminds you how bleak it could be. While the feelings aren’t as strong as at the time of diagnosis, you are reminded that this is something that shortens life expectancy, causes major drama, even pain. So many can’t wait for the bubble of ignorance to return.

Under the microscope for all to scrutinize

CF families are put under the microscope for everyone to see. It can be intimidating, even intrusive. I know I shouldnt complain, because in order to raise awareness, you have to raise your hand and say “Look at us! We are dealing with it!” , but when you want money for an organisation that does so much to help you, or even want a cure, you have to do these things.

I am very proud to be doing what I am doing. God knows I have probably bored (even pissed people off!) with my vocalisation, but you know what? This is who I am. I am not one to sit quietly in the corner and allow things to go unnoticed.

But in saying that, I will be glad when this weekend is over. I have been busting my little (ok, large!) backside for the last three months to get this fundraiser off the ground. I am over talking about cystic fibrosis for a while (is that sighs of relief I can hear out there!?!?!) I want to have time and energy to write on my blog again! So you will probably end up hearing about Global Development Delay (the other drama in our lives) or some other mindless dribble for a while.

I need rest. It’s going to be a loooooong day tomorrow!

Wish us luck (or better yet…donate online at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/belinda_giovanazzi !)

Bella 🙂

CF Folklore Story

 The term “65 Roses” came about when a young boy couldn’t pronounce cystic fibrosis. You can find the full story behind it here.

This exact scenario happened to me today.

I was driving along in the car, with my eldest son (almost 7yrs) and my daughter (5.5yrs) who both have Global Development Delay in the backseat.

We passed an ambulance racing off to an emergency, sirens blasting and lights blazing. The kids were very excited. My son turned around and said “My mummy has been in an ambulance!”

“That’s right, buddy! When your little brother was a baby and he was very sick.”

“The ambulance took you to the airport.”

“That’s right. We went on a special doctor’s aeroplane to hospital in Perth. He is still a little bit sick. Can you remember what he has that makes him sick?” (I am slowly trying to get them to understand that my youngest son has cystic fibrosis, and that is why he has medicine daily and has special exercises)

“Sixty-five roses!” he replied.

I just about cried! The folklore story of 65 Roses Day came to my mind instantly. It makes our upcoming 65 Roses Day all the more special now. (25th May…just thought I would remind you all! lol) He said it without hesitation and without prompting. I was so proud of him!

Dont forget that you can donate online to our 65 Roses Day fundraiser at the link below:


I just had share this little story. It was one of those moments that melted my heart!

Bella 🙂


65 Roses Day, 2012

25th May, 2012

It’s approaching that time of year again.

65 Roses Day will be on the 25th May, 2012. This year, we are aiming for bigger and better!’

Last year’s efforts raised around $1,100. This year I am aiming for around $2,000-$2,500.

We are going to hold a barbecue at Woolworths (ok, once I actually book it, that is!) which hopefully go better than our previous effort of a sausage sizzle. Thank goodness we had the raffle running as well, as that is where 95% of our donations came in! Woolworths have said that they will set everything up for us at no cost (including gloves and hairnets) then sell all the produce to us at cost price.

We are going to hold the raffle again, with many donations already lined up. I am hoping to have given businesses a lot more notice this year, hopefully more local businesses will be able to donate. So we should be able to make that bigger and better as well.

I will keep you updated with our organising process. But for now, you can already help out. I have started a webpage where you can donate online. Every penny will help a CF family living with the disease. Follow this link to donate:



Please dig deep!

Bella xx 🙂

Dig deep

It’s that time of year again.

It is when celebrities from around the country (even the globe) fly into Perth, Western Australia to hold a non-stop, 25 hour television presentation where they answer phones, put on acts, and read out pledges. This is all in the bid to raise as much money as possible towards Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

This amazing event is called Telethon.

It was started in 1968 to help raise money for medical research, expensive medical equipment and make life  more fun for those sick children in hospital. Since then, it has grown, with businesses all over the country raising and donating money. Houses are built, then auctioned, with all proceeds going towards the grand total. Auctions are created in the expectation of donations.

These days, if you call up, you have a high chance of speaking to one of your favourite Aussie celebrities. They will do almost anything to help pull your money in. They sing, they will dance…you may even get a quick strip show from some of the males!! They even give opportunities to various unknown acts, young and old, to showcase their talents on live t.v.

Its amazing at the generosity of people. When they started in 1968, they raised $104, 829 (a lot of money then) and last year there was a record of about $12 million!!!

I see personally how well this money gets used. I wish we didn’t have to, but I am glad to see how the money is spent and how much it benefits W.A families.

So I am writing about this today to urge everyone to donate! I don’t care if you aren’t even in Western Australia!!

1300 737 507- CALL NOW!!!!! Or even check out their Facebook page

I certainly am!

Bella 🙂

Loving Hearts for Micah

Recently, a very good friend of mine shared some devastating news. Her three-year old nephew, Micah, was diagnosed with a rare and incredibly aggressive type of cancer.

To quote my friend about his updates“At this stage we don’t think it is in his bones or his head however the cancer has wrapped itself around the major blood vessels that supply blood to the lower half of his body. The cancer has also grown in and around his organs to such a degree that it is very difficult to get to. The only chance of operating is if the tumor shrinks to a manageable size. Given that this happens, the surgeons would have to be able to extract every cell of cancer from every single part of the body that it has spread to”

This is a very grim and emotion situation, so when I was told about a fundraising bid to raise money towards a top of the line Dyson vacuum valued at cost price of $700 ( in order to keep their house immaculate for his fragile immune system during high level chemotherapy/) and I felt compelled to spread the word as much as I can!

Micah’s family are holding an auction Wednesday 5th October, 2011, till Wednesday 12th October, 2011. You can find all the goodies donated to the auction on the Facebook page that has been set up.

If you are a wholesaler/retailer who can find it in their hearts to donate towards this worthy cause, please contact them at auctionformicah@gmail.com I can’t urge you enough to donate!

Alternatively, you can donate cash via www.paypal.com to auctionformicah@gmail.com.

Please support this little man. He needs as many positive and healing vibes as possible!

Good luck to the family!!

Much love,

Bella 🙂