Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Family Picnic Day

Tiffany and Dave are raising money by doing a Family Picnic Day... one Sunday soon ... date yet to be set. Shane, Sierra and I will be the special guests. It will be run like a birthday party with all the food and games, except we'll have an admission fee and a donation tin handy!!

Date to come...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sierra and camping at ConFest

Shane and I decided to take a risk and try camping with Sierra. We used ConFest as a place to start. Actually, the whole thing went rather well. As most of you are aware Sierra is a good traveller so luckily there was no problem with the drive. The festival itself, although a lot more "hippy" than I expected, was good fun.

Usually I am busy telling people and thinking about all the things we can't do because of Sierra's disability. Now Shane and I have another thing we CAN do with Sierra!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Curry and Cake Days....and now Car-boots as well

My beautiful friends in London are joining in to raise money for Sierra's operation. Last year with tremendous success they held "Curry and Car Wash" and "Curry and Cake" days in the street where they lived. They offered that neighbours could pay £2-£5 pounds for some home cooked curry and get their car washed at the same time or come over and buy some home cooked curry or cake. It created a great vibe for everyone involved, new relationships were built and it raised a fair chunk of money.

This year Fiona has kicked things off by suggesting a day in Brighton with Sangita and others offering to help.

Shirley is doing a charity carboot in Crouch End on 6th May. It is a special event happening on Friday evenings. They are giving her a table free & her friends are donating great clothes and jewellery.

Shirley is also running London 10k in July for Sierra on 10th July!!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Make May your Mat Hire Month

So far participating:

Bikram Yoga South Melbourne
Bikram Yoga Glen Waverley
Bikram Yoga Fitzroy
Bikram Yoga Elsternwick
Bikram Yoga Hobart
Bikram Yoga North Brisbane
Bikram Yoga North West Sydney
Bikram Yoga Byron Bay
Bikram Yoga Geelong
Bikram Yoga Joondalup
Bikram Yoga Scarborough Beach
Bikram Yoga Perth
Bikram Yoga South
Bikram Yoga Sutherlandshire


Thank you Mili, Michael & Susan, Sherry & Rachel, Anna & Ben, James, Norma, Gail & Charelle, Jo, Stuart, Adam & Jen & Nathan.

You guys rock! :-)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Make May your Mat Hire Month

Copy of email that's gone out from the beautiful Maggie to ask all the Bikram studios in Australia to support Sierra.

Dear fellow Bikram Studio Owners

I know it’s been a tough year emotionally for many, with many natural disasters around the world occurring and much fundraising done in our studios to help those in need. But I’m wondering if you ALL could find it in your hearts to help out just one more time… PLEASE READ ON.

As many of you know, one of our Melbourne teachers, Karen Jepp, has a little girl called named Sierra who has severe Cerebral Palsy. Over the past 4 years we have helped out from time to time with raising money for Stem Cell Therapy and a Computer to help Sierra communicate with the world. These contributions have made a tremendous impact to Sierra’s long term health and quality of life.

One of the most tragic effects of CP is that a fully functional mind is trapped inside a spastic body. The level of spasticity will vary. Sierra is at level 5 which is the most severe. There are limited ways to manage spasticity and unfortunately using botox and physiotherapy are no longer enough. Karen and her husband, Shane, have been agonising over the decision to put Sierra through an operation that cuts into the nerves of the spine to help reduce the level of spasticity. This RISKS ARE HIGH but if successful, it will significantly reduce Sierra’s spasticity in her legs, feet and upper body. It will help her breathe and swallow better and aid with the most basic of movements and functions of the body that we take for granted day to day. It will also save her from the excruciating pain of sitting for the rest of her life on dislocated hips as the femur bones dislocate due to the constant pull of spasticity.

The cost of the operation is €8000 and will require the family to travel to Prague in July where one of the world’s leading Neurosurgeons, MUDr. Boris Zivny is based. The family have been consulting with him since Sierra was 8 months old. He knows Sierra’s body, the progression and impact of the spasticity and her overall condition very well both through observation every 6 months and the application of botox.

The family will need to raise money for the operation, and for expenses such as airfares, accommodation, etc.

This has been a most difficult decision for Karen and Shane. I’m hoping we can help lighten the load by relieving some of the financial burden.


I’ve decided to make May my “Mat Month” for Sierra at both my studios (South Melbourne & Glen Waverley) and will be donating 100% of MAT HIRE to Sierra. Would you consider doing this too, please? If you can’t do an entire month, would you consider perhaps one or two weeks’ worth? If so, please RESPOND to this email. I will be creating a poster and decorating the studios with balloons & hearts, etc to help raise awareness of the task. I usually put a tin on the desk and people pop their $1 in the tin (and more). It’s easy and it doesn’t really take that much off the bottom line!

So if you are interested in participating, please respond to this email. I hope to hear from you soon.

On behalf of Karen, Shane and Sierra Thank you for your consideration
Much love Maggie Carr

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fun fundraising for July operation

Maggie the Bikram studio owner for Bikram Yoga South Melbourne and Glen Waverley has offered to rally the troops to do "Make May your Mat Hire Month!" This is a very generous offer. Shane and I will be doing everything we can to support this being successful!! This is the second fundraiser for 2011 and the money will support us getting the operation to reduce Sierra's spasticity. Much more on this to come...