Samuel is a six-year-old from Queensland who is currently undergoing treatment for a tumour in his kidneys. Thanks to the many volunteers that represent Make-a-Wish Australia and QANTAS Foundation, his wish to become a pilot came true for a memorable day where he and his family flew to Sydney where Sam flew his first flight (in the simulator) from Sydney to Honolulu. It was a fantastic day and I felt so privileged to be surrounded by generous and warm-spirited people.
For most of the day, Captain Samuel was treated like a VIP. Just like you’d imagine, he walked through Sydney airport with some fanfare, flanked by his team of co-pilots and air stewardesses. As part of the tour, we travelled on a bus to see the gigantic A380. Our bus, full with Samuel’s team and a few of the media crew, pulls up to the gates of the hangar. A security guard boards our bus to check that each of us have our security passes. Excitedly someone announces “We’re here with Captain Samuel!”. The security guard didn’t get the memo about Captain Samuel and called his supervisor, given we didn’t quite have all the required documents. A few moments later, his supervisor arrives and verifies that everything is ok. The security guard apologises for the hold up and immediately one of the air stewardesses says, very sincerely, “No, thank you for doing a really good job.” Of all the moments I witnessed in a day filled with sincerity and respect for one another, that’s one that stuck with me.
Wow. 2014 has flown by faster than I can quite record, but I’m so glad this workshop has already been a part of it. I want to say the biggest of thank yous to super ladies Jaclyn (Blog Society) and Ronnie (Pink Ronnie) who were instrumental in making it happen. So honoured to be working alongside you guys with this gorgeous and upbeat workshop, the perfect balance of working/learning and play.
We also had such a wonderful bunch of students who came with open minds and such eagerness to learn. My photography sessions were focused on hands on teaching (and what fun we had!), whilst Ronnie knocked some socks off (ha!) with her amazing design ability, her attention to the little things that really are the big things, and spoilt us all with amazing templates from which to experiment and continue learning from in the weeks to come.
I’d also like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of their workshop and I loved how practical and pretty our goodie bag contents were (important, no?)! So here’s a big shout out to Timbermill Rentals, Bondi Wash, Aesop, Gorman, Gascoigne & King, migoals, antipodes, TOM organic, kettletown, and the collective. A special thank you to Mei studio for our styled terrariums and florals, and also to Otho’s Table who kept us so well fed throughout the day. If you’re thinking of some styled catering for an intimate event, she’s the one to call. Phew! What a list of superstars!
I was quite blown away by the talent we had at this workshop and can’t wait to see each one of you continue to sharpen your skills and bring some new energy and style to your creative outlets. Thank you all so much for coming, we loved having you!