In March/April I sought to donate money to a few charities hard-hit by COVID-19. My family wound up donating to three women's shelters.
One of these was Great Lakes Women's Shelter hit by the double-whammy of bushfires and then COVID. They are at Forster, about three hours north of Sydney.
2019-20 was rough for them. Needs had gone (way) up and their usual sources of funds had evaporated.
Anyway this developed into a conversation about how we could raise more money. And so comes to you one of the most interesting charity auctions you will ever see.
There is a wonderful documentary (Teach a Man to Fish) about Leigh Saunders (a well known aboriginal documentary maker) learning - as a middle aged man - how to fish from his father. It is poignant and beautiful.
Well Ray Suanders has volunteered to teach me and a lucky reader how to fish too.
The Women's Shelter is running an auction for a day fishing on the Manning River. It will be on a Friday (professional fisherman are prohibited on the river on weekends). It will be gas fun.
We will also probably meet a few of the local aboriginal elders over the weekend too. Lets make a weekend of it.
You can bid here.
I am donating a further 10 thousand dollars to kick it along.