Every year, the Assisi Hospice runs a charity funfair to raise money for the hospice. This year, through a serendipitous meeting with a lady whose sister is a nun there, my team and I were invited to run the balloon stall at the funfair.
The Assisi Hospice is a Catholic Charity providing palliative care to adults and children with life limiting illnesses. Assisi Hospice was established in 1969 by the Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood (FMDM) Catholic Sisters. An interesting fact about the FMDM nuns: In 1949, the government invited a small group of FMDM Sisters for a nursing post in the Tuberculosis Section of Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore. They did so well that the Sisters were asked to nurse the leprosy patients at the Trafalgar Home and they started the first School of Nursing.
On Sunday 14th June, we arrived bright and early before 8pm to set up the stall. It was a rainy grey morning but thankfully the weather improved later in the day.
Sales were brisk and by 3pm we had sold out! We sold more than 200 balloons and raised >$1500 for Assisi Hospice. A big thank you to my team of helpers! The best part of the day was seeing the happy smiles of everyone at the funfair.
For those that missed us at the funfair, here’s an up-close look at some of the balloons that we were selling.