My name is Darrell Nash – “Nashy” (Not even my wife calls me Darrell) and I started off this fundraiser hoping to get a bit of local (as in around Port Macquarie NSW) support for Alani Cockshutt, as Bek has said a 5 year old little girl who was diagnosed with leukaemia as soon as they returned from Kona Hawaii. Alani’s mum Mel finished 3rd Female at last years Australian Ironman behind Chrissie Wellington. An outstanding effort for an age grouper. Mel then packed up the bags for her entire family and headed to Kona to complete on the World Stage.
Alani was “not quite right” whilst in Kona and after going to a local doctor the decision was made to have blood test done back in Australia - as that’s where they would be anyway by the time the results came back from the Hawaiian pathology lab.
From 3rd in Australia, in front of your home crowd, to competing in arguably the ultimate triathlon event anywhere in the world, to “sorry but your 4 year old (at the time of diagnosis) baby girl is suddenly fighting for her life and has Leukaemia. You will need to travel approx. 400km away from the comfort of your own home and beds to stay indefinitely with your little girl whilst she receives round upon round of chemotherapy – Oh and by the way, you still have to pay the bills whilst you and your family are away from your jobs”.
I don’t know about you, but my wife and I have a 2 ½ year old little girl and I know, with out a doubt, that if I ever have to experience the rollercoaster that Alani and her family have had to (and continue to) endure then I would be a complete waste of space. Alani is currently waiting for her blood counts to improve before she undergoes her 4th round of chemotherapy. This kid is amazingly brave and what about her parents!!!
Whilst you and I are not in a position where we can literally “fix” Alani we are most definitely in the position where we can make a huge difference to her and her family’s lives, as they move through this very difficult time. Some of us are in a very privileged position where we may get paid to do something we love. If however that money suddenly stopped appearing in our bank accounts we would start to feel the pressure and our stress levels would rise. Can you imagine compounding this with facing your little girl fighting for her life?
My aim from the beginning, with regard to the fund raisers I have been organising for little Alani, is to simply take that one (1) financial pressure away from them so that they can at least remain as a family to support not only Alani but each other without having to worry about how they were going to pay the bills etc... My idea of a local venture to raise a few bob within our home town of Port Macquarie quickly spread state wide, national and now has gone global. I have and continue to be blown away by the support of so many amazing human beings and companies who have jumped on board to show their support for this beautiful little girl. It is very much appreciated and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.
If you feel you would like to contribute to this venture, either by purchasing a ticket or by donating a prize, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me anytime either by email email@example.com
or by phone 0418213866.
I am more than happy to take any suggestions on board as well as any criticisms (that’s how we learn to do things better)…
At this time (25th January 2009) there is over $8500.00 worth of prizes up for grabs - with much more awaiting confirmation. Tickets are $10.00 each with 100% of the money raised going into a special account of Alani’s, set up specifically for these ventures. At this stage many people have bought 1 or 2 tickets with the most sold to any one individual being 25.
Please check out the link to the forum page containing everything you need to know about this venture. Keep going back, because as Bek has said, I am updating it at least five (5) times every day as new info or prizes come in.http://www.portmactriclub.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=69
If you do decide to purchase tickets please ensure that you notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the details (found on forum page) so that I can ensure you are validated and in the draw.
Thanks so much to Bek and the many big hearted people that have already supported this venture. It is a GREAT feeling to know that you CAN do something great and make a real difference in this world.
Thanks for reading…
Darrell Nash - Nashy
Port Macquarie Triathlon Club