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A note: Don’t sweat the small stuff

Hi all my lovely blog followers,

 I just wanted to do a post with a very different topic today, as I have had something terrible that has happened to two of my friends.

In a second I realised that you can’t sweat the small stuff, there are more important things to worry about and that life’s too short. I guess the connotations of those remarks can be taken as they will, but essentially I have been inspired by the strength of my friends that have been directly affected by these terrible events, and those that have been there to pick them up when they needed them the most.

 This terrible accident two weeks ago that has left our local community back home shell shocked, along with many friends over here!

What happened?

Two good friends from my home town have been in holiday in Australia having the time of their lives, a six month break to see Australia with all of their best friends. They’ve travelled around and worked hard. They were due to go home in four weeks…

They went away for Easter to Surfers Paradise and has a great time. That was until one of the guys got caught up in the middle of someone else’s fight (wrong place wring time, he wouldn’t hurt a fly). He was knocked unconscious by a guy who hit him around the head with a chair. He collapsed, but came round shortly after.

Three days later he was back in Sydney and he felt faint, he ended up passing out and having a severe seizure. After being rushed into hospital they concluded that he has in fact fractured his skull as a result of the blow to the head and fluid had been leaking on his brain. He has been told just this week that it is infected and he will not be able to leave the hospital for at least one month. No one yet knows what the long term effects will be.

Whilst he was undergoing brain surgery his best friend offered to cover his job for him so that  he didn’t lose it. It was on a building site in Randwick. On his first day (whilst his friends was undergoing brain surgery)a terrible accident happened, a crate of heavy timber fell onto him, leaving him with a broken spine and no feeling below his neck. He is in Randwick hospital and needs 24 hours care, the outcome of his injuries is yet unknown (he has been given just a 10% chance he’ll ever walk again). His parents have just arrived in Australia to support him.

How you can help:

The fundraiser will be on Friday 20th May at the Kogarah RSL, I will post the flyer up later today.

They have already secured lots of prizes for a raffle on the day. Prizes include rugby shirts, meals for two, hotel stay for two in city, XBOX 360, HTC Desire and HTC Mozart, 20th Century Fox DVDs and many more!  

Hopefully you’ll be able to make it to the event, if not if you’re able to donate any prizes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Thank you in advance for any kind donations (big or small) towards this worthy cause.



Creative Conscience (even those that claim not to have one will love it!)

One of my lovely friends is hosting an event for the charity she works tirelessly for, Sir David Martin Foundation, she’s a good egg and I heart her.

They describe the event as the charity art event that breaks the mould and introduces you to a dynamic mixture of art and urban culture. This event is to raise awareness to the plight of many young people in crisis, and to give them a helping hand in the right direction. (sounds fancy doesn’t it!)

This is your chance to be part of the 1st annual Creative Conscience showcasing some of the most talented artists and street performers from around Australia. I don’t know about you but I love edgy events that really break the mould, I have a feeling this is going to be one of them!

If you’re intersted and fancy coming along, tickets are on sale now for $50 which includes entry to the event,
beer, wine and soft drinks and a gourmet hot pie. (All ticket purchases are tax deductable). Tickets can be purchased from http://www.gofundraise.com.au/page/CreativeConsciencetickets

Tickets for this event are limited so book early to guarantee your spot!

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to make a donation to the Sir David Martin Foundation, head to: http://www.gofundraise.com.au/DonationPage.aspx?cid=132

I really believe it’s going to be a and fab event for a great cause and I will be in attendance for sure! Please get in touch with her, or head to the Facebook page if you’d like to show your support!

There will be a great crowd there and you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for the greater good!

New to Australia? Newly single? There will be lots of lovely outgoing people in attendance, you never know, you might even make some new friends.

Like I said, I’ll be in attendance too, so if you decide to partake in the charity-tastic (new word for you there, you like?!) extravaganza – drop me a note and come and say hey!

Cocktails and charity – What’s not to love?!

On the 23rd February 2011 Dating101Sydney was invited along to an event to celebrate the start of Parched March – ( surely not another event or initiative to stop us drinking – why do they feel the need, why?! ) No, I was wrong! Go on, read on, I know you want to…


After the great event that was the second birthday of Fat Yak in a bottle, I was dubious about how this next event could possibly even come close. Well my friends, let me just say that it was just as great an event and it was for a good cause. Sydney-based bar, beverage and beer lovers turned out in force to celebrate the official kick start to ‘Parched March’.

The event was arranged by the great guys at Sara Bray PR & Events, flawless from start to finish as always!

The launch event was held in the stunning Argyle Bazar, the lighting was decedent red and the drinks were flowing throughout! (We like this) My lovely friend Jenny and I (along with our fellow guests) sipped on Absolut Pear and Patron Manzanero cocktails, we also mixed it up (classy aren’t we!) with Saint & Sinner wines – delicious!

Tapas were served and we were completely spoiled throughout the event. The menu was of course prepared by resident chef, Miguel. A Spanish cooking fiend, who never fails to deliver a taste explosion. I highly recommend you to go and savour the tapas at Argle Bazar, you won’t be disappointed. To whet your appetite: croquettes, brochette with a twist, prawn and chorizo skewers and the meatiest meatballs you’ve ever tasted. This selection only slightly dents the array of amazing food on offer!

We of course weren’t just there to eat food and drink cocktails, no , no, no! We were of course there for a fantastic cause as we toasted the launch of ‘Parched March’ – an initiative led by Sun-Herald columnist Amy Cooper and bar and drinks writer Simon McGoram.

As they put it: Parched March, Sydney’s only month-long celebration of bar culture.

“If you’re over Ocsober, Fed up with Febfast and want to say goodbye to Dry July, March brings you the perfect antidote to abstinence – and a chance to raise money for charity while enjoying great bars and drinks. Good times for a good cause!

During Parched March you can show your support by

  Sponsoring our teams as they embark on their fun odyssey of 30 Bars in 30 Days

  Visiting our participating venues and contributing to the cause by buying a Parched March special cocktail

  Forming a team of your own and taking up the 30 bars in 30 days challenge – (or do it alone if you dare!)”

Bars that are involved include:

Bavarian Bier Cafe

Eau de Vie (we’ve spoke about here)

Grandma’s Bar (yup we’ve also spoke about here)

Rum Diaries Bar & Restaurant

There is also a host of other bars involved in this great initiative! Log on to parchedmarch.com to get involved!

Parched March is not all about the socialising, there’s actually a worthwhile cause behind it all!

Parched March uses the misadventures of their teams and ambassadors to raise funds for the Sydney Dogs & Cats Home & the Animal Welfare League Queensland.

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The event was a great start for what is sure to be an exciting month celebrating Sydney’s unique bar culture. Visit http://www.parchedmarch.com for info.

Get involved people – you know you want to! Drinking and charity – what’s not to love!?