Wikipedia says that “Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.”  Well yesterday I certainly was grateful to friends, acquaintances, even people I did not know and very appreciative of the Northcote Social Club for their generous donation.

The Northcote Social Club is my local pub and I have had a long standing relationship with the owners and staff there.  It’s not that I go and drink there very often, but my husband does.  They have come to the rescue for a couple of things in the last 7 or so years.  The first one being a very handy donation to the Australian Sports Foundation around 2007 to buy my rowing club at the time, Yarra Yarra, a women’s eight boat…$16,000!  Absolutely amazing for a local pub to do.

This time round they donated a keg of beer for a Karma Keg afternoon to help me raise funds for our LTA rowing crew to get to Boston.  It was only supposed to be 2 hours from 3-5pm but they started it early and said that they would keep it going until the keg ran out.  Funny enough it didn’t take long and we had drained it by about 4:45pm.  The staff were wonderful, letting customers know about the project, they posted flyers I had done up and even had info pages on tables out in the dining area!

My friends are incredible!  All year I ask for donations to different projects and they never cease to amaze me!  Between selling raffle tickets, buying beer and t-shirts in about 2 hours we raised $1255.  I have no words to describe how grateful I am for all these people in my life.  My life feels overwhelmingly abundant right now and it wouldn’t be like that without all my friends.

To me it doesn’t matter how much one person donates because every dollar counts and I know for a fact that the entire crew who will benefit from all this fundraising will do their best in Boston.  Gratitude has really opened my eyes to the incredible abundance that is all around me.

So once again THANK YOU to all who have supported all the different fundraising projects I have undertaken this year and I make you one promise and that is ‘I promise not to ask for any more from you until next year!’





About the author : CarolC


  1. Tina 29/07/2013 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Was a fantastic night! You are so precious to this planet and everyone who values your generosity, faith, perseverance, commitment and friendship. For that, I’m forever grateful!

    • CarolC 29/07/2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Thank you so much my friend!

  2. hans-peter durst 29/07/2013 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Hey Carol, it is great to read and hear of all your activities, keep on.
    Looking forward to see you in Canada


    • CarolC 29/07/2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Hi Hans-Peter, thanks for that and I am looking forward to catching up with you as well. Not long now, see you in Matane for the World Cup first!

  3. Maya Sugiharto 29/07/2013 at 11:24 am - Reply

    You deserve every bit of love Carol!!! 🙂

    • CarolC 30/07/2013 at 12:40 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Maya

  4. Aviva 29/07/2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Carol, you have changed our lives forever! You are so humbling and inspiring. And we value you for all you bring to this world. Keep being you and your angels will continue to give <3

    • CarolC 30/07/2013 at 12:22 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for such a wonderful message!

Leave A Comment

Subscribe to the Blog

Keep up with Carol - get an email whenever news is posted.

I invite you to subscribe to my blog which provides snippets from my journey and my thoughts on overcoming adversity, what motivation and commitment can do for your life and how to achieve those dreams you’ve got tucked away.

Keep up with Carol

Receive occasional emails & news from Carol direct to your inbox.