In March this year, at the Synergy Conference in Atlanta, two fabulous polymer artists, Christi Friesen and Carol Blackburn, enthusiastically bid against one another to see who would own the stunning necklace that the wonderful Melanie West had donated to be auctioned to raise funds for our building. It even crossed their minds briefly to halve the necklace but the true artists that they are, they realised this would be vandalism and came up with a solution that shows just the kind of heroes they are! They decided the necklace would travel between them, via several other countries, continuing to raise money as it moved.
Christi took the necklace to Australia when she travelled there and people were photographed wearing it. It travelled back to Carol where it became part of the 6th Birthday Celebrations of the London Polymer Clay Group. People photographed wearing the necklace donated nearly AU$300 to our fund. Read about the events here and here.
It seems the way with building projects worldwide that the final costs exceed the proposed costs and we can already see this will be the case. Generous ongoing donations like these mean that, sometimes within hours of telling the builders we can’t do something (like a fourth room or stairs say!) some money comes through and we are able to say Hang on. We can do this. Stick with the plans. We are so grateful. We hope to see photos of some of the people who wore the necklace and maybe even to put them here on the blog. How great it would be to have photos of Melanie, Carol and Christi in the necklace! To all of you, thank you. It is not just wearing (or making in Melanie’s case) a beautiful necklace that makes you beautiful, it is being such beautiful, generous people!