As I mentioned last post I’ve been pretty sick over the past few months, but finally things are starting to look up.
OK, it’s not as bad as that, really. But I have spent the better part of three months being sick. I was recalling, over the weekend, Matt de Neef‘s (of theclimbingcyclist.com and cyclingtips.com) story last year where he wasn’t doing well for about three months. In his case his cause wasn’t obvious, for me though the cause is clear. I’ve had a flu for almost three months now, and frankly it’s gotten old.
Last week Andrew spoke at the Austin College Sporties Dinner. The response from the college has been great, and we hope to keep this relationship going.
At special dinners such as last week, and other formal dinners, the residents of the college provide donations to charity, in this case Tandem Armidale.
A big thanks to Austin for having Andrew come and speak and for a $500 donation to the cause!
On the 10th September I made a speech to the annual Sporties Dinner at Austin College, UNE.
As a blind person, when speaking in public, I tend to write myself a speech and then memorize it in segments. This isn’t word for word what I said, but it is what I wrote for myself to say.
Additionally, I’ve provided links to a number of external resources for those interested in further information.
As we previously outlined, Tandem Armidale is now part of Exsight Tandems. One thing this give us is the ability to collect tax deductible donations. Tax deductible if you pay income tax in Australia, at least. Obviously we’d love everyone to support us, but there’s lots of worthy organisations out there who can take your tax deductible donation.
Below we’ll let you know how you can make a donation, and some of what we’ve got to say you can apply to those other organisations too, so maybe donating to us isn’t something you can do right now, but maybe it can help you help another organisation.
The time has come for some changes around the Tandem Armidale camp. In some respect these changes are quite large, and will impact the way we do some things. In other ways nothing will change.
It’s the end of June, and we’re past the Winter Solstice (or Summer Solstice if you’re on the north half of the planet). The early morning and late evening chills are definitely in the air here in Armidale, it’s not the best riding weather.
Thanks to a really generous donation last week our fund-raising is now at just over $2000. This donation was for $400, and took me somewhat by surprise. Yes I had included a $400 option on the GoFundMe, but I wasn’t really expecting anyone to take it up. Needless to say I’m really thankful.
I have been asked why I’m asking for funding from people and groups. In effect I’ve been asked why I’m deserving of support. It’s a fair question, and I’ll do my best to respond.