Six years on

I was originally going to post this on Sunday, marking 12 months since the event on the 24th May, 2014. In that time, there are still people regularly ‘liking’ the Facebook page and visiting the website. There was a final cheque deposited to the Leukaemia Foundation for $207 back in December (memorabillia coolers sold after the night), bringing the absolute final total to $39,934 fundraised. Not a shabby effort, hey?

However, with today being the 22nd May, it marks 6 years since Leukaemia got the final word on Dad, and I think this is a more poignant time to express some thoughts.

I am not a huge fan of emotional or motivating quotes, I’d much prefer to laugh out loud at something funny – but that’s just me. However, I read the following in a novel and it was exactly what I was thinking, but hadn’t quite been able to put into words:

The sadness of bereavement never disappears but one moves slowly to a place of peace.

In terms of the Coonan family, we have all dealt with Dad’s death in one way or another. But never think that a person can just “get over” a loved one dying. There is too much history to simply throw it all away and forget about it. We move on, but we still love and remember in our own way, every day.

We were in Taroom on the weekend just gone, for Tim and Georgina’s engagement party. Although this time we didn’t stop and visit Dad’s grave, the kids got great pleasure from waving to Poppy as we drove past the cemetery. Perhaps next time we will drop in, and Sophie (my youngest child, born after Dad died) will be the next in my kids to try and lift the headstone to see Poppy… There was quite a funny moment not long after Dad had gone and we were at the cemetery. Before we had left to go there, I had mentioned to the kids that we were going to see Poppy. And so of course, when you tell a not-quite three year old that, and then you tell them that he is in the ground, well… of course they want to see that! I’m pretty sure Dad would have been up there somewhere laughing his guts out.

It’s 5 o’clock now. Time for a drink on a Friday afternoon. Cheers, Dad.

North Queensland Cowboys memorabilia donation

The following donation has been made anonymously. It has a Certificate of Authenticity on the back.

Measuring approximately 800 x 850mm, it is a black framed collection of 17 signed player’s cards and 3 photographs. The North Queensland Cowboys stars who have signed the player’s cards include:

* Brenton Bowen
* Rod Jenson
* Steve Southern
* Ben Farrar
* Justin Smith
* Matthew Bowen
* Jonathan Thurston
* Luke O’Donnell
* Shane Tronc
* Paul Bowman
* Travis Burns
* Sione Faumuina
* Travis Norton
* Antonio Kaufusi
* Willie Tonga
* Aaron Payne
* Michael Luck

There is also a large photograph of the man himself, Jonathan Thurston, plus two more of Matty Bowen and Matt Scott.

Jump on over to the auction/raffle items page to check it out (apologies in advance, my photo isn’t of the best quality – you will have to come tonight to see it personally!)

Black family (Wandoan) donation

Darryl & Kerry Black along with their family have kindly donated a Karcher High Pressure Cleaner K2.260

This gurney has a trigger gun with 5m high pressure hose, one jet lance, detergent suction hose, wash brush, plus a T50 high speed deck and patio cleaner dirt blaster. Cleans floors effortlessly in a timely manner and removes stubborn dirt to give a superior clean. This model uses 80% less water with up to 35 times the power of a standard garden hose. Bring it on!

Tiny Dancer donation

Who enjoys going to the races? Or livening up a wedding outfit with a fascinator? The lovely Stephenie is the owner and creator of the one of a kind items that make up ‘Tiny Dancer’, based in Dalby. Up for grabs in the silent auction on Saturday night will be two gorgeous and unique fascinators, that have been hand made with love 🙂 Definitely one for the girls!

Check out the Tiny Dancer facebook page for previously made items, or skip on over to the auction/raffle items page for a sneak peek at the two fascinators that have been kindly donated!

Harry & Del Johnson donation

Harry & Del Johnson have kindly donated a Baccarat Entrée stainless steel high domed covered roaster. Measuring 44 x 27 x 18cm (with lid) it is both dishwasher safe and oven proof. It has a mirror finish which is easy to clean and will last a lifetime. Need a new roasting dish or know someone who does? Check out the updated auction/raffle items for a picture!

Leichhardt Hotel donation

Who likes Tuaca – a vanilla citrus liqueur? This will go down a treat with some of the more adventurous drinkers! Also up for grabs will be a bottle of Bundaberg Rum Master Distillers’ Collection Blenders Edition 2014. Woo hoo 🙂 This year’s blend is remarkable. It is a complex rum layered with delicate hints of raisins, vanilla and spice coupled with a long and exceptionally smooth finish.