I finally have had the time to sit down and do a quick wrap up of my whole Kenyan adventure, before we jump into the busy season of Christmas and the New Year.
I cannot tell you how overwhelmed I have been with the support from everyone.
I really really feel quite humbled.
I have a happy heart that you guys are so generous and giving with your time, your empathy, your money. We raised well over $10,000 for Suluhisho in the three or so weeks, and you are the ones who made that happen.
In case you missed the exhibition or are only just learning about how and why I Made Kenya Happen, my photographs reflected the contrasts of Kenya – between children who are cared for and those living on the streets; between men with jobs and a purpose and those struggling to survive; between the squalor and chaos of the slums and the beauty and serenity of the African landscape. My theme – the audacity of hope – highlighted the ambitions of children and families everywhere. I saw profound moments in the lives of orphaned and abandoned children at play, as well as parents and grandparents aspiring to ensure their children have a secure future.
There is nothing more audacious than hope, in the midst of despair.
here are some of the images from the behind the scenes choosing photos, editing the video footage, and all around preparing for the exhibits to the fabulously successful launch evenings in Goulburn and Sydney – thanks again to Stephen Casey for the Sydney pics!
The two exhibitions launch nights were complete full houses (and then some!)
Everyone was completely moved by the video and some had problems seeing it on mobile devices so I have uploaded it here as well. Feel free to share this post with anyone who wanted to see the video again! Make sure you turn it up loud to get the full effect of the beautiful song by Birdy, “People, Help the People”.
NOW IT IS TIME FOR THE THANK YOUS….
So many people put their time, effort and money into making my Kenyan exhibitions a success.
To my wonderful family and friends who have been there with me since I made the decision to head to Kenya on my own, who supported me while I was over there, who have been sounding boards and admin assistants and technical gurus and marketing geniuses and carpenters and designers and magicians with a spirit level… You guys helped me narrow down my 2,500 images to the 30 that I displayed in the exhibitions – and that was no mean feat in itself! thank you so much.
to Steve Casey who poured so much selfless time and talent into making the “audacity of hope” video looks so professional and amazing. You cannot imagine the amount of work that goes into putting something like that together and Steve did it all with a big smile and without complaint when I changed things, even though he had a hugely hectic work schedule himself. Stephen Casey is THE MAN!
Thanks to Andrew for MC’ing the Goulburn exhibition and to Ronan for supporting us in Sydney. To the team at the Goulburn Club and the team at Pixel Perfect and the X88 Gallery – the level of service I received from both these venues was honestly second to none – and for someone who is hosting their first exhibition, so much of the stress was taken away with their ‘can do’ attitudes whenever I asked for help. To Emmy for being the hostess with the mostest and keeping everyone’s glasses full in Sydney and for Smoko 2 U for feeding the masses that descended on the Goulburn Club all at once :)
for the guys at A&H Framing whom I worked to the bone to get all the framing done in time and am still annoying them with my weekly visits :)
To the following businesses who supported Suluhiso and I through their donations of raffle prizes and lucky door prizes as well as goody bag vouchers for you guys:
– Antoinette Mercuri from Envy Jewellery
– Rita Gowen and Sue Beverly from Nutrimetics
– Donna Swift from Swifty’s Landscaping
– Brett & Susan from Farmer Felds
– Goulburn Soroptimists
– Tanya Webb from Happy Bodz Fitness
– Lou Wakefield from Intimo
– Jess Staples, JS Designs
– Jo Boyd from Kaos Hair
– Leah Cain from Lush Beauty & Nails
– Amanda Stephens from Personalised Pilates
– Beth Rawle from Sketch My Bub
– Justin Wakefield from Smoko 2 U
– Sarah & Andrew Follan, the Follans Wedding Photographers
– Denise Keatley from Wydinya Candles & Geraniums
– Annie and the girls from Ellaslist
– Kerrie from Goosey Gander
if I have forgotten anyone, please let me know!! If you haven’t used the vouchers and goodies you received in the goody bags, please do make sure you use them before they expire!
And of course a big thank you needs to go to Jacinta and Antipas, who welcomed me into their home and opened up my eyes to the world and without them, none of this would have been possible.
a big sincere thank you to everyone.
everyone is asking me “what’s next?” – after a manic pre-Christmas season, I think a well deserved break over Christmas and then we will see what 2014 has in store for us :)
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