'Sisters in Arms' Pink Ribbon High Tea

'Thank you to the "Sisters In Arms" Army for all your support

How does one give enough thanks? 

I do not believe there are fitting words that can describe the overwhelming sense of gratitude, appreciation and humility Thalia and I feel for all your support for the "Sisters in Arms" Pink Ribbon Afternoon tea.  

We are honoured, humbled and truly blessed and so happy to share with you all we have now surpassed $17,000 raised - WOW, WOW and WOW!!

We really are just two ordinary girls who decided one Tuesday night in August to do something that would make a difference in fighting breast cancer. It started with perhaps 20-30 people coming together to raise $1-$2k.  We never anticipated this level of support from the business community nor so many people which highlights when people connect for the common good, marvellous things can be achieved.  Breast cancer, any cancer, does not discriminate which is why this fundraiser is so important.

On Sunday, 210 generous souls came together as a tribe, for a common purpose - to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in order to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer. 

A sincere thanks to our keynote speakers Naomi Smith, Katrina Goldsworthy, and Sophie Stewart. What truly incredible, inspiring stories and all the ladies showed such courage and strength in sharing their journey.  It was raw, genuine and heartfelt and from all of us - thank you.

To our guests, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my personal, non-cancer related journey for the very first time - it is still very raw but I hold faith in knowing if it helped just one person, it was worthwhile.

To our major Sponsors - there is simply no way we could have raised so much without your generosity and support. We are so very thankful for your valued contribution and we send our heartfelt thanks

- Geoff Ibrahim at SMS Finance for supplying the Champagne on arrival - incredibly grateful and was enjoyed by all

- The Nicolaou family (Fresh Sensations) for supplying the amazingly delicious platters for so many guests.  You worked tirelessly all day to prep and then serve the platters.

- Robert Mark Ltd for providing the Organic Botanik packs for our gift bags

- Your Grace Art Decor for providing hand poured candles for our gift bags

- All our businesses who also donated vouchers and discounts for our gift bags.

To all our businesses who generously supported us with prizes for raffles, there is no doubt, this was a major hit on the day and greatly assisted us in raising so much.

A special mention to Anderson's Carpets at Stafford with their generous donation of $1,000 on the day - simply amazing!!!!

Another special mention to Cyprus House on behalf of the Cypriot community for their generous donation of $1,500 - not only was the venue amazing, your generosity and support is truly appreciated.

Finally and very importantly, we sincerely thank you, our "Sisters in Arms" Army for coming and making this a truly wonderful event.  You can have the best venue, food and keynote speakers, but ultimately the guests make an event and wow, did you make the event.  The vibe in the room was simply awesome and from all the feedback Thalia and I have recieved - it was a hit on all accounts. 

So please take the time to reflect on how you have all played an important role in raising important funds for this worthy cause - without you, this would not have been achieved.  

Thalia and I send our sincerest thanks, gratitude and awe of the support we have received.

The fundraiser link remains open for another week, so please feel free to share with your friends and network 

https://fundraise.nbcf.org.au/fundraisers/michellekretschmer

Michelle and Thalia

 

 

 

"Sisters in Arms"

"Sisters in Arms" signifies the sisterhood of women, the strength of women, the importance of supporting one another in good times and bad times. 

My disclaimer upfront!

I am not a woman directly impacted by Breast Cancer but I am a woman who has had so many friends directly impacted and have supported friends through their cancer journey, regardless of what type.  So whilst I do not know what it is like to suffer from Breast Cancer, I do not what it is like to suffer from a hideous health condition and work through recovery - I will share this story at our event, publicly for the first time.

During my health breakdown, I truly learnt what 'Sisters in Arms" meant.  On the days I was broken, unable to function and do basic life activities I had a small army of "sisters" hold me up.  During this long process, I learnt the real value of friendship and how important it is to have a strong support system.  I am not sure where I would be today without the support, generosity, genuine care and love of my sisterhood.  

I often reflect on the journey (and one I am still working through). I cannot truthfully say it doesn't bring a level of sadness because it does.  However, I have an overhwleming sense of gratitude for my sisters (and of course my husband and family!) who held me up.  

I made a commitment after my darkest days, I would follow my passion and purpose in life - one of which is to give back to others and "pay it forward".  You do not need to do grandeur things to make a difference, for those suffering ill health, it is often the smaller things that make the most powerful difference.  

So, one Tuesday night, my gorgeous closest friend Thalia Comino were discussing health and the meaning of life and decided it was time to make a difference and support a cause we are truly passionate about which was cancer.  So here it is!  

Let's join together, rally the "Sisters in Arms" army and show our support for all women, particularly those where cancer has touched their lives.

With love and gratitude,

Michelle and Thalia 

PS - If you haven't worked it out yet - one of my biggest sisters in arms was Thalia :)

 

 

 

'Sisters In Arms' Pink Ribbon High Tea

This year Thalia Comino and I are hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast because we want to make a real difference to Australians affected by breast cancer. All donations made to this page will help do exactly that. 

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.

We really believe research is the best way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. NBCF is working towards one goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. Together we can help them get there.

Click 'Donate' to make a secure online donation and help me reach my goal. Every donation, big or small, will help me get there. Please donate today.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you will be issued with a tax-deductible receipt via email as soon as you make your donation.

Thank you so much for your support!

Thank you to my Sponsors

$7.06k

Michelle Kretschmer

$4.5k

Michelle Kretschmer

$1.51k

Nicholas Nicholaou

Attention Thlia and Michelle This the Donation we promise to you by the Cypriot Community of Qld. Kind regards Nicholas Nicholaou

$1.01k

Andersens Carpets Stafford

Fantastic work for such a great causr

$600

Sandra Harle

Hoping for a cure soon for those people fighting breast cancer

$249.60

Maria Nicolaou

$208

Marisa Murphy

$208

Bevan Morley

$208

Goldsworthy Investments Pty Ltd

This is such an important cause that we personally have been significantly impacted by. We hope this donation can help others in some small way

$124.80

Sallyanne Smith

Sincere respect and admiration to everybody involved in creating something meaningful for those who need our support and love.

$124.80

Arthur Castrisios

Congratulations on organising and hosting such a wonderful event. What a worthy cause, Well done - you must be so proud. Arthur Castrisios

$104

Sia Athanasas

A most worthy cause to support! God bless your fund raising endeavours Thalia and Michelle!

$104

Eliza Anders

$104

David Horne

Here’s hoping you have a High Tea. Thanks for raising vital funds

$104

Ryan Mathews

$104

Michael &thalia Comino Family

$100

Helene & Murray

Such a great cause Michelle!!

$100

Thea Mcandrew

So sad I can't make it ... have a wonderful afternoon ... I am sure it will be a great success!

$88.40

Murray Kretschmer

$66.45

Anz Gold Coast Business Centre

A wonderful cause to support and get behind. Best of wishes for this Sunday. Awesome work Michelle

$52

Ebony Georgiou

$52

Jenny Oakley

$52

Eleni Diakos

A great cause!

$52

Chriss Macaranas

Best if your luck with your fundraising for a great cause

$50

The Gair Collections

A wonderful event you are planning Michelle so well done and hope it’s a hit! Nicola x

$41.60

Sophie Stewart

$34.32

Leaha Collins

Your actions create a ripple effect in the most positive way

$33.28

Joan Laidler

$26

Rick Butcher

$26

Lisa Nicolet

Amazing work ladies, hope it's a fabulous event!

$26

David Krogh

Well done!

$26

Gayle Mcginn

Congratulations on your wonderful fund raising efforts!

$26

Andrew

$26

Lloyd Twomey

$26

Ben Mcpherson

Well done Michelle!! Spec

$25

Michelle Kretschmer

$5.20

Murray King