Archive for June 3, 2009

For around 2 years now i’ve been eagerly supporting the invisible children cause, buying dvds/bracelets, shirts and talking to everyone i know about IC and even emailing them every 6 or so months asking them to come on down under!

And finally they came……
After getting connected and catching up with Katie Bradel, she asked me to come work with her and a group of people on a Media Relations team to help organise some media for The Rescue.  Eagerly i took on this role and headed into Newtown to meet Katie and the other volunteers who, like myself believe in the mission and movement IC has created.  We were pumped, by the end of the meeting i had met some fantastic ladies and we had put together some fantastic ideas.  I was ready to do this!

So i started emailing and faxing…..10,000 emails later and around 400 faxes later….came the eve of the event…which also happened to be my 29th birthday….whoops i totally forgot it was my birthday, no birthday dinner with family, no cake, i had been so caught up in the Rescue, id totally forgotten myself….oh well..i know what i wanted, all my presents had to be purchased on the invisible children website!  I went to bed that night and had never felt so refreshed when i awoke…today was the day we were going to help make history!

9am – 25th April, 2009 i headed out by train to Sydney from Blacktown.  With everyone meeting at Milsons Point station – i headed straight for “Fleet Steps” as i was sick and almost hospitalised the week leading up to the event i was told “no walking that far and no outside in the cold” by my doctor…are you kidding??? like i’m missing this for my health!!!   Compromise is a bitch…yet it had to be done….no marching….no camping….but i was going to the Event!

Arriving at the fleet steps a few volunteers had already arrived and were starting to set up.
Helping set up with people such as noelle and christina, colin and Katie Bradel and everyone else was like a dream come true….they aint “celebs” as such but in my life they are “hero’s”.  The best kind of hero’s ive ever seen.  So finally we set up and had some fantastic times trying to get banners to hang from garbage bins etc, and the “abducted” were arriving…..it was beginning.

Sydney Event

Sydney Event

The night overall…was the best night id ever had.  I went to the Rescue on my own yet i wasn’t alone. With approx 1000 other IC supporters i felt myself becoming “a hero” as well.  To watch the youth of sydney so proudly sing “your the voice”  with Damien from underbelly was truly amazing…the dancing, chanting and singing was undeniably great and made the event so much more than just a group of people sharing the same ideals and beliefs….it made us whole.

At around 10.30pm we started heading off to Hyde Park Barracks where we were to be camped out for the night.  This is where my night had to end.  I arrived, walking up with a group and hung around for a little while, purchasing my bag and rescue bracelets!  Time to go home…..11.30pm.

So off i went to St James Station to catch the train back to blacktown….home to sleep

Sunday 26th April: Sunrise gave a brief overview about the chanting coming from outside! Sydneysiders from the Rescue had marched to Sunrise Studio’s and parked themselves out the front of the Live Recording room window – Bring Joseph Kony to Justice was all you could see in the window….GOOD ON YA GUYS!!!!
Sky News gave a 7 min interview with Christina and Colin from IC

Sydney

Sydney

For the next 3 days i was online watching the live feeds and i had the best time watching….the mission in the US was still going and they needed support….to see Oprah’s live show and the Bobby and IC there was exceptional – Thanks Oprah and Thanks to the dedicated “abducted” who camped out the front of Harpo to get the attention the movement deserves.

Today exactly one month after the event…its not over.  The movement is still going hard so so must i…..on June 9th i’ll be giving a speech to the local lions club about IC and what it has done for the people of Northern Uganda in hopes that they can in turn spread the message to other local lions clubs as well.

Invisible children in my life isn’t just a movement, its a way of life for me and my family.  We are honored to help, we are honored to say “i support invisible children” and we will be even more honored on the day we can finally say “we helped to end the LRA War in Uganda”

Invisible Children – Thank You for changing my life.

Welcome to my Blog.

I’m Rebecca, 29 and a mum of 3 fantastic children.  I work full time as a Personal Assistant/Admin Manager as well as run my own Wedding Stationery business. In my spare time i like to hang out with my family and children, watch movies, listen to music, my fave Singer is P!NK and support the Invisible Children organsation as well as many other things.

In 2006 i was diagnosed with a “multi nodular goitre/tumor” but at that time i was pregnant with my daughter so could not have anything done about it at that time. Throughout the next 2 years the goitre/tumor grew at such a rate it started to choke me and had caused serious complications with my throat and voice.  My dr told me without surgery i had until around April 2009 to live.  At night when i was sleeping, i would wake up in a fit trying to breath, because my head had slipped sideways whilst asleep the tumor had cut off my airways. It was now a struggle to turn my head left or right completely without struggling for breath, and apart from the fact i sounded horrible, i was devastated, life really sucked and i didnt want to be a part of it. Mentally i was struggling to come to terms with having my throat sliced open (even though by a dr its not a nice thought), just a few cm’s from my jugular. OUCH it was scary but there wasnt any alternative, surgery had to be done if i wanted to live.  It was then i fell apart, depression had struck, life was miserable, i was slowly choking to death but finally i had been given my date of surgery, November 5th, 2008.

So on November 5th, 2008 i had my tumor removed.  Since then i vowed to change my life, my depression had got the better of me, but i knew deep inside, that i was not as bad off as i thought, there were people out there that had it worse than i did. I knew what i had to do and i knew exactly where i wanted to start – Invisible Children.  A Not for Profit Organisation started in America by 3 young men, who went to Africa to find a story and found the Longest Running War in Africa – Northern Uganda’s LRA War.

This was it, this was my calling, to help the Invisible Children, not only of Uganda but of all Countries.  So as a starting point i logged on to the I.C Website, got the DVD “the Rough Cut” and from there on my life has never been the same. The passion, the determination and strength of those involved in I.C is truley admirable.  They may not be celebrity’s but in my life they are Hero’s.  In 2009 Invisible Children extended their reach by sending their “roadies” downunder for “the rescue” event in April.  YAY this was my chance to do something in my own beautiful land of Aus to help those who are to us, invisible.

Next Blog:

Invisible Children In Australia & NZ  for The Rescue Event. My story of “the Rescue” event on April, 25th as well as pictures and information.

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Cheers!!