Dear Friends, this is an invitation for this coming Sunday. We’d love to see you and we hope you can make it! If you can’t, we know we’ll feel your love and companionship anyway.
A year on: Friends of Keith real-time get-together & and Neutrophision Song Contest awards ceremony
When: Midday, Sunday 17 March until mid-afternoon or so. (This date is a year and a few days after some diabolical health and medical challenges added to Keith’s leukaemia adventure. Now, well there’s a lot to celebrate – and, most especially, friendship and community. Join us and share the joy.)
Where: 62 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill (BINC’s house – high green fence)
Who: Anyone who’s been part of the gorgeous community around this adventure - whether active or otherwise – or who knows Keith and would like to join in the celebration of life. So feel free to pass the message on (with RSVP info) – or send them to this page (http://chrisandkeith.wordpress.com/). And come and meet the others you met via the blog. It’ll be a lovely time.
And note, if you’re wondering whether ‘who’ means you: Who absolutely DOES include all the, friends, contacts, well-wishers, fabulous doctors, nurses, registrars, consultants, nursing aides, physios, stoma nurses, other leukaemia patients and their families, and anyone else who’s been directly or indirectly a part of this journey or connected in any way to making a difference. Bat and flying fox community, Landmark and other education connections, peace movement…and many others.
Pass the message on (with RSVP info) to others who have been connected in some way – or send them to this page (http://chrisandkeith.wordpress.com/). And come and meet the others you met via the blog. It’ll be a lovely time. And there’s no need to stay for long – you can just drop by if you’d prefer.
What to bring: a plate of tucker to share, some memories to share, something to drink.
(What you don’t need: plates, cutlery. There’ll be fruit juice and some soft drink, and a esky with ice for your drinks. Oh, and the space is fairly child-friendly)
RSVP: As soon as you can: via this blog, OR email Chris and Keith at biota @ bigpond.com (note: delete the spaces in the email address)…OR via the Facebook event page.
For queries, contact me (Chris) on the email address above, or ph/text 0437 327890.
Who’s coming so far…Well, there are around 30 people who plan to be there in person. And there’ll be a few others who plan to join in at some stage by skype from down south, overseas and maybe from the WA desert.
For those who have been avid readers of the blog since its early days, you’ll get to meet some of the luminaries and other characters including…ta daa…the creators of the Holy Tea saga! (And they’ll get to meet each other for the first time too!). Even autographs might be possible at this special occasion if approached with due reverence and the appropriate votive offering (definitely of the teabag variety for His Holy Seer, and definitely only leaf tea for Sr Catherine.) Guidelines may be posted on the day.
Anyway, it’ll be lots of fun and will undoubtedly include renditions of Neutrophision Song Contest winning songs and poems, numerous versions of Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ and various other shennanigans.
Until then, we send love, we’d luurv to see you there and we hope you can make it!
And in the meantime…
This is now…
And finally, a time-travel link back to a year ago, 9th March 2012.
It was a gorgeous moment as Keith was coming home after his second phase of chemo and hospital stay…coming home to recuperate and build up again while the neutrophils regenerated themselves. I thought we had a reasonable sense of the general parameters of this present phase – and we knew that leukaemia is known for the unexpected. Certainly we had no idea what was just around the corner, just three days after this post was written on 9 March 2012. If you’d like to revisit the joyous homecoming that day, check out the post http://chrisandkeith.wordpress.com/2012/03/page/3/.
Note: For folks new to this Friends blog, the About page provides a brief overview. And if you’re wondering what on earth the ‘Neutrophision Song Contest’ is, see the tab at the top of this Friends website for background info.