My Bookshop Bushfire Recovery Event
Here at the bookshop we have been thinking hard about our donation response to the recent bushfire tragedy in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
We have decided to stick to our knitting and do what we do best: host an “in conversation” in our bookshop which (a) presents a story (b) raises important issues relating to climate, drought, nature, bushfires, the political fallout and community recovery (c) features an outstanding panel of eminent speakers and (d) raises money for the recovery process.
This is a “Save The Date” and a call-to-arms. On Thursday March 26 we will host a very special event with two award-winning authors, actor and writer Magda Szubanski and journalist Margaret Simons, renowned political journalist Barrie Cassidy, and Will Connolly, a young activist who is emerging from the popular “Egg Boy” tag to show his capacity to change the world in which he lives.
Our event will start at 6.30pm and finish c.7.30pm. Tickets are a donation minimum of $100 each (or $500 or $1000 – or more - if you wish) and all proceeds will go toward Magda Szubanski and Will Connolly’s Go Fund Me initiative to raise money to support ongoing mental health services in bushfire-affected regions. (For further information click here https://au.gofundme.com/f/68x9a9-bushfire-traumamental-health-support-ongoing)
In 2009 our bookseller Corrie Perkin was working as a journalist for The Australian and covered the Black Saturday fires. “Interviewing so many people who’d lost family, friends, homes, livestock, pets – their whole neighbourhood – it became immediately evident that this was trauma on a massive scale.
“We all know of the extraordinary spike in illness, divorce, suicide, family breakdown, anxiety and social withdrawal that followed Black Saturday. I hope in 2020 our mental health specialists are better resourced and equipped. And I hope there are many more of them working “on the ground”.
“If My Bookshop is to focus on just one part of this recent tragedy, I would like it to be this. And we hope you’ll join us in giving generously to Magda Szubanski and Will Connolly’s most excellent initiative.”
To book a ticket to our Bushfire Event, please call us on 9824 2990. If you’d simply like to give to an appeal that will truly assist in the recovery of communities we hold dear, then call us to make a credit card donation. We will onpass any financial gift – from $1 to $1000 – to Magda and Will, and their Trust will follow it up later with the relevant receipts and paperwork