Saturday, 27 February 2016

World's Greatest Shave: An Update

    I am over the moon with the sponsorship that has gone towards my fundraising for the World's Greatest Shave. I've still got ways to go to reach my goal. Here's a little food for thought about this fundraiser:

Today, 34 Australians will be given the devastating news that they have blood cancer, and they’ll turn to the Leukaemia Foundation for help.

On Saturday 12th March I will be sacrificing my head hair and having it shaved off to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Please sponsor me and help support families and continue the urgent search for cures.

Getting sponsored to shave your hair is an extraordinary way to help people with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, but I can't do it alone.

Help me make the most of my hairy sacrifice. Sponsor me at least $28 today which can provide a cancer information pack to help a family prepare for the challenges ahead.


    On the day that I shave my head I will share a before and after photo so you can see the new me. I know I'm nervous. Are you nervous? I am.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Being Brave

    If I am in with the lucky then hopefully my bravest act for 2016 will only be having to shave my head. However, having one's head shaved is no big deal, when compared to what are other people are facing every day. There are certainly people who face greater difficulties than one person's hair vanity. As my dad would say if I cut my hair and don't like the result, it's nothing that two weeks can't fix. So really is what I'm doing all that brave? I am of course speaking of people living their day to day lives with the threat and certainty of blood cancer. I can choose to let my hair grow back, but people battling cancer can't simply say to the illness to go away.

    Some say bravery is the conscious act of a fire fighter going in to battle a blaze. Others say bravery is the choice you make when you are handed a set of cards that are not in your favor. This is a philosophical point which I am sure greater minds than my own could argue ad infinitum.

    I think bravery can mean being scared and admitting to that fear. Bravery is being scared and still wanting to stand up to protect yourself and those you love. Bravery can be in making the toughest choice imaginable; Bravery is making the decision that others aren't prepared to make. Bravery can also mean letting go. I guess my point being that bravery cannot be summed up by one action or idea alone. Bravery can be acceptance of a situation or it can be putting your foot down and declaring yourself.

    You may not have cancer, and probably never will. But it is tempting fate to think it will never happen to 'me' - because that is when it usally does happen. Even so, the healthy 'you' may think cancer is an issue that doesn't affect you. But I'm willing to bet everyone in the country knows someone who has had a leukaemia diagnosis at some point. In fact the statistics state that 34 people are diagnosed with it every day. Can you imagine what an overwhelming number of people in the community that actually is?  So now that you know that, do you still think that the issue doesn't affect you? Or me?

    And that is why I have decided to shave my head... for the World's Greatest Shave! I am fundraising for Leukaemia Foundation Australia, an organisation that finances cure research and supporting people being treated for this illness. To sponsor me through this fundraiser, simply follow this link:
http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/melissagaggiano


World's Greatest Shave

    The World's Greatest Shave is just around the corner and at the moment Australians are raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation, a charity that funds research into blood cancer and supports people and families dealing with Leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

    I decided to do what I can to raise awareness and some money for the Leukaemia Foundation - I am going to shave my head hair off! And you can help by being a sponsor. For all the details simply visit the below link -
http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/melissagaggiano



Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Carla's Comp

Bronte Pool Copyright Carla Coulson

    Carla Coulson, is my most favourite photographer in the whole wide world. Really she is - she's professional, friendly and a huge inspiration. What a marvellous combination!

    So anyway, right now Carla is hosting a competition, and by going into the draw you have a chance to win either one of two of her photo prints from the following series - "Water Jungle" and "La Vacanza Italiana". If you're a fan of Carla you won't want to miss this opportunity. To go into the draw for one of Carla's lovelies, follow her super simple steps… 

Step 1:
Share this post or your favourite photo from the series on your Blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #carlacoulsonprints or #waterjungle or #lavacanzaitaliana

Step 2:
Subscribe or be a subscriber to Carla's print shop carlacoulson.com/shop (don’t forget to verify your subscription when it arrives in your inbox)

Step 3:
Like Carla Loves Photography on Instagram or Facebook