“Wonderful day….coming together and sharing with each other was very empowering!”
“Sharing stories gives us all a glimpse into how grief is embraced or natural. Thank you all for being here today – it’s a courageous step to take.”
I can safely say that the Central Coast’s inaugural Day of the Dead Community Picnic was a huge success! 35 people gathered, with their special, sacred and precious items that represented their dead Loved Ones, and joined with others beneath the shade of the spectacular Moreton Bay Fig tree, remembering, talking and connecting.
Those present for the Remembrance Picnic ranged from 12 months old to 81 years old, and everything in between! We had 2 dogs and 35 in-the-flesh humans….and no doubt scores of attendees “in spirit”. The feedback has been amazing…and as I get to collate the data, I will certainly share far and wide.
The winners of the raffle prizes are ….drum roll 🙂
1st -“Pamper Pack” including: facial, brow shape, lash tint & Mama Said’ natural skincare package from Lipstik Hippi- Andrew Pascoe
2nd-Photograph by Karen Adler http://www.thejourneyjournal.webs.com – Tanni and Craig Edmonds
3rd- 2 x Framed black and white photographs by Kim Ryder http://www.pickledtink.com.au/ –
4th – Pregnancy Pack containing: Ten Moons book by Jane Hardwick-Collings http://www.moonsong.com.au/; 100g of Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea from Gnostic Healing http://gnostichealing.com.au/; ‘Cherub Rubs’ Travel Pack & Golden Transition Tea Bags from Gnostic Organics http://www.gnosticorganics.com/ & Book Becoming Us by Elly Taylor www.parentsupportonline.com –Nick Siversten
5th- One 6 week class pass to The Yoga Collective, Terrigal – David Ph:045****323
6th- LUSH gift pack: “You’re a Star” full of bath bombs, melts, a massage bar & other yummy thing, from LUSH at Erina Fair. www.lush.com.au/ – Nick Siversten
7th – One hour Lomi Lomi massage by Saimone Fergusson http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/connect/saimonebakker/service/31317 – T.Denkins (no phone number provided)
8th – 40 minute tarot reading with Sara Skye East Gosford 0413 708 863 – Kyah Edmonds
9th – One hour session of Ortho-Bionomy donated by Clive Salzer – Kel Ph: 4360**01
10th – 2 x 40 minute guitar lessons from Nick O’Meara, Wamberal – Dr Edwards
11th – $50 Gift Voucher from Gnostic Corner, Woy Woy http://www.gnosticcorner.com.au/ –
Roy Ph: 0412***697
12th – $50 meal voucher at Sit O’Clock Fine Thai Restaurant Woy Woy – Anthea & Clive
13th – Candle Holder from Gnostic Bunch http://www.gnosticbunch.com.au – Andrew Pascoe
14th – Candle Holder from Gnostic Bunch http://www.gnosticbunch.com.au – Carmel Meany
15th – Book “Becoming Us” by Elly Taylor www.parentsupportonline.com – Nick Om
16th – Book “Becoming Us” by Elly Taylor www.parentsupportonline.com – David Ph:045****323
17th – CD pack inc 1 EP and 1 Album by Michael Peter www.michaelpetermusic.com – Elke Vidler
18th – CD pack inc 1 EP and 1 Album by Michael Peter www.michaelpetermusic.com – Hannibal 0418***788
19th – Necklace (wood & metal) from Gnostic Forest http://www.gnosticforest.com.au –
20th – Necklace (wood & metal) from Gnostic Forest http://www.gnosticforest.com.au – Tiffany 0414***561
21st – $20 Gift Voucher from Go Vita Woy Woy http://www.govita.com.au – Mark Thomas
22nd – 4 x 30g bags of Therapeutic Tea from The Moon Sage https://www.facebook.com/TheMoonSage – Nikki 0403***437
23rd – Necklace (wood & metal) from Gnostic Forest http://www.gnosticforest.com.au – Dr Edwards
24th – Necklace (wood & metal) from Gnostic Forest http://www.gnosticforest.com.au – Romaine Rutman
A total of $440.00 was raised…woooohhoooooooo!!!! That means we can buy the following for Death Cafe Central Coast: A special thanks to all our generous community members and businesses who made donations to the raffle. We couldn’t have done it without you!
- Digital projector for Death Cafe film nights ($150.00)
- A frame sandwich board with printed logo etc inc. black board section where we can write things like “Death Cafe here 17th Nov 2013”. It can then sit outside venues about to host Death Cafes. ($240.00)
- The left overs might go towards a coffee machine or future publicity materials….we’ll decide over the next few weeks and we’ll let you all know.
So thank you to everyone who contributed to the day, either by showing up, helping with setting up or running the day, or doing some behind-the-scenes work. It would not have been such an amazing day without your love, time, support and energy.
Bring on Day of the Dead 2014!
Interested in getting more involved next year? Excellent! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, Kim 🙂