I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
30 years on
February 2 2016 marked 30 years since the brutal murder of Anita Cobby. Blacktown Workers Club was the venue for a fundraising memorial dinner that paid tribute to Anita and her family as well as the people directly affected by her murder. Although there were tears on the evening we left with a feeling of hope and the knowledge that there are a lot of truly good people out there.
700 people were in attendance and many more were unable to purchase tickets due to the size of the venue. 50% of the ticket price went towards the fundraising. During the evening we were served a lovely three course meal with two choices in each course. There was entertainment such as an Eagles tribute band, a comedian, and a dancing troupe.
Although the food and entertainment were great, the purpose of the evening was to kick off fund raising for Grace's Place. The dream is for a facility that would provide a safe secure refuge for the families of homicide victims. To this end many high profile politicians, police and journalists were in attendance. The speeches were heartfelt and interesting and I was blown away by the selflessness and humility of Martha Jabour who is the driving force behind the project.
Artist impression of the proposed facility
It was possible to give money in many ways: donations, raffle tickets, silent auctions, and buying Lego bricks. Great prizes such as cruises and overseas holidays were auctioned off by Nathan Rees. Businesses, individuals and government bodies donated their time, money, land and auction items whilst the attendees gave generously.