I have been harassing Leisa Gill, owner of iconic lime green 70’s style Pandemonium Café in Paddington, Brisbane, for too many years to count, of course, always in the name of charity. I have co-erced her to sell copies of The One-Armed Cookbook for The Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Foundation (a one hundred percent for charity cookbook); help me collect, sort and store over 5200 teddy bears bound for overseas orphanages; host an Art Show for Variety Queensland, the children’s charity; and collect over 4500 pairs of pyjamas for The Pyjama Foundation – funnily enough, a charity who have nothing to do with collecting pjs, but instead help improve literacy amongst foster children in Australia. Anyway, back to Leisa….
It is my pleasure to be finally helping Leisa with her bi-annual Card Making for a Cause – this Saturday 5th November 2011.
The Card Making for a Cause concept is simple. Kind souls volunteer their time at Leisa’s Paddington café for a creative afternoon of card-making. The cards produced are then donated to local charities / hospitals, who onsell them to buy things they need. Leisa leaves it up to the not-for-profit organisation / charity to decide how they spend the funds. Rumour has it that one hospital has raised enough through the sale of the cards to buy a blood machine and the CWA in Bangalow have donated funds raised to Care Flight.
There is no need to bring anything other than yourself and $10. Leisa provides everything; materials, awesome coffee, nibbles and a $5 donation to a Leuakaemia charity. Leisa caters for both creative and non-creative types, providing card packs,with an example of what you are supposed to make for people lacking inspiration.
Card Making for a Cause was started in memory of Leisa’s mum, Sascha, who passed away in June 2010 with only 25 days between diagnosis and her death. Leisa and her mum were very close, and one thing they loved to do together was to make cards. Card Making for a Cause is in memory of Leisa’s mum Sascha’s life, a small attempt to turn a devastating negative into a positive.
Leisa and her hard working team of card-making worker bees have, to date created over 2500 cards for charities across the state. Which conservatively has raised in excess of $5000. If you are a charity who could use some of Leisa’s cards as a fundraiser please get in touch with Leisa.
If you can’t attend in person and would still like to help, you can:
- Donate cards / envelopes / glue / other card making supplies to the day;
- Make a cash donation;
- Sign up to donate plasma.
So come along to Leisa’s Card Making for a Cause is this Saturday 5th November from 3:30pm at Pandemonium Café, 215 Given Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane. There are only limited spots available if you would like to come along so please email Leisa at email@example.com
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