The Bandaged Bear Day Appeal is the major merchandise appeal for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Merchandise is on sale at a variety of outlets throughout NSW and the ACT for the month of March.
Help celebrate Bandaged Bear’s 21st Birthday on Friday 26 March! Buy merchandise, donate money or hold your own “When I grow up I want to be…” party during March and raise vital funds for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Friday 26 March, Bandaged Bear Day, is the highlight of the Appeal, with hundreds of volunteers on the streets selling the bright and colourful merchandise. The Hospital relies heavily on the support of the community to make this day an overwhelming success.
Bandaged Bear Day Appeal funds will help care for sick kids needing a range of medical treatments. Donations will be allocated to areas of the greatest need within the Hospital including research into childhood diseases, the purchase of vital equipment and the provision of patient services. Community support contributes significantly to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead being a world-class centre of healing for sick children and their families, where fun and laughter line the road to recovery.
I’ve been meaning to write this review for a while. What can I say? George Michael totally lived up to expectations. The concert was advertised to start at 7:30pm – very early for a Friday night with typical Sydney peak hour traffic. Even George was held up by the traffic getting to the Sydney Football Stadium. Times like this I’m glad I live in walking distance of Moore Park. I sat with my dear friend from school Matt and his party posse. George performed with his band and back up singers for 2 hours (with a 20 minute intermission featuring a countdown shot clock on the big screen). He did every song I wanted to hear: I’m Your Man, Faith, Careless Whisper, Too Funky, One More Try, Father Figure, Fastlove, Amazing and the finale Freedom 90. So glad he didn’t do Wake Me Up Before you Go Go – I’m sure he is as over that song as I am. He looked pretty happy to be there and his devoted crowd were loving him back, singing along to every song. I was 100% satisfied at the end of the concert – it was worth every cent. I like George so much I was willing to pay more to be closer to the front – I think tickets went up to $1000 but no-one I knew was insane enough to spend that much money on him. I heard that he has been having an extended holiday in Sydney – so maybe I will still see him walking down the street. Sure he’s a bit older and little bit tubbier, but he can still sing and dance – just like the good old days 😉 Great concert – 5 stars!
Here’s a brief rundown on the rest of January this year.
The last 2 weeks were spent on holidays in NZ. Dave went to the total geek fest (Linux Conference) and I hung out in Wellington with Martin, Gabby & Ruby for the first week. Activities included: Visiting the Weta Cave, eating, shopping, record shopping, art galleries, making cards and hanging out with the small children of Wellington. See a truckload of Wellington pics here
For the second week, we flew to Auckland and hired a cheap and nasty car (that didn’t have a cd player) and drove to the Bay of Islands. We ended up buying an iTrip type thing so we could have some decent music for our road trip. Unfortunately, Dave was in a lot of pain because of his wisdom teeth. Luckily we were staying in some really nice accoms, so we got our money’s worth. As soon as we got home, Dave had all 4 wisdom teeth taken out. Photos from Northland and Auckland here.