Articles Tagged with: charity

Cancer Doesn’t Kill Anybody!

The amazing and fantastic thing about cancer is that no one actually cares until it kills a loved one, and then they seem to care.

I would almost think it’s hard to believe in this day and age and certainly, as you get older that you have not met or been touched by someone that  has been lost to this deadly and unforgiving disease. Cancer doesn’t care whether you are black, white, Christian, Muslim, American, male, or female. Cancer will take your life, it will take the life of your loved ones and it will take the life of the people you know. It is unforgiving it is the black plague of our society and kills thousands of people every year.

There are different variations of cancer as we all know and each of these has different degrees of severity and in left untreated, they will all take your life.

Tomorrow is pink ribbon Day, this is a day that brings awareness to breast cancer to encourage people to get checked and also self-check. It is also a day of fundraising which I must say and it should go without saying it is more important now than ever.

Yesterday in Canberra the motorcycle community banded together as they do around the world to support this cause. They gathered at old Parliament house and road to Bungendore while raising much-needed funds along the way. While I didn’t attend this event I have friends which did and I also have friends which are suffering from cancer which also rode in this event and it was great to hear the fun that these people had in banding together to support such a cause.

So if you can do one thing tomorrow bring awareness to breast cancer and in particular pink ribbon Day. Go to work dressed in pink, by a ribbon or just open up a conversation that hopefully will encourage people to get checked.

Help us to reach a goal and fight cancer and help us to kick cancers arse because without your help it will take the life of someone you love.

 

Pink Ribbon Day

Pink Ribbon Day

I Will Sleep Well Tonight Because I Have a Blanket!

Every year St Vincent de Paul helped thousands of people within Canberra and around Australia. This requires thousands of dollars in funds to keep this going, the motorcycle community both here in Canberra and around Australia pitching a few times a year to go along and help with donations and support. Tomorrow is one of their major ways in which they can help the unfortunate.

Tomorrow is the St Vincent DePaul blanket on the ground in Canberra were motorcyclists bring donations of blankets and other warm clothing which St Vincent de Paul handout or sell to assist people that are in need.

Myself and my daughter will be there to support what is a fantastic motorcycle community and to help less fortunate in any way we can. I will be there as an event photographer to capture the moments and give them back to the people which have given up their time and money and blankets to help other people in need.

If you are motorcyclists living in Canberra I urge you to come a all long to the blanket run which starts at 8:30 AM at old Parliament.

Here are just some of the photos which I took last year!

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

 

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

 

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

 

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

Attention All Distinguished Gentleman!

Have you ever wanted to see hundred are so motorcyclists riding their motorcycles while looking all dapper??? Well on the weekend Canberra and around the world held the distinguished gentleman ride in support of research for prostate cancer.

Wow that is shiny

Wow that is shiny

When I was asked if I could photograph this I almost jumped out of my chair as the opportunity to capture such amazing motorcycles with the unique look of massive moustaches and dudes wearing suits was almost too much for me to bear, so goes without saying that I was looking forward to this and I wasn’t disappointed.

How dapper

How dapper

I think it was about 150 registered motorcycles there and what a collection. From the relatively new to the vintage everyone is at have a fantastic time and support a great cause and I must say my little sports bike kind of looked out of place and I think I have more plastic on my bike and the combined plastic of all the other bikes.

The grease monkey was our host the morning breakfast

The grease monkey was our host the morning breakfast

If you are a check out the rest of the images click on the events link from the menu to which you will find the gallery which has all the images. You’re free to use them as you see fit and please share and raise awareness for such a cause so next year we can have an even bigger number.

For more information have a look see at their website www.gentlemansride.com

Each person that attended signed the banner

Each person that attended signed the banner

Some of the bikes making their way down from the Arboretum

Some of the bikes making their way down from the Arboretum

Quick post while I process photos. :)

Going through some of the photos from tonight and I thought I would post up a quick photos of one of the models from tonight, Marissa. 🙂

Great work my dear you killed it out there and looked amazing as did all the models. <3

Catwalk Fashion

Catwalk Fashion

Do you love fashion! – Official Photographer

Fashion meets charity tomorrow night with the DLA Piper UNICEF Global Challenge Fashion Show Ethiopia on at Kingston where I will be there as the official photographer on the night to capture the glamour and gilts.

The night is being put on by a friend of mine Brodie Williams who is a Canberra Model also a Lawyer which for most does seems a little be at polar ends but I can assure you, if you needed a lawyer you would want Brodie in your corner.

 DLA Piper UNICEF Global Challenge Fashion Show Ethiopia


DLA Piper UNICEF Global Challenge Fashion Show Ethiopia

You can book your tickets or get more information here:

http://www.eventbee.com/v/dlapiperb/event?eid=155836714

Hope to see you there. 🙂

Rugby and Photos

Sitting watching Australia and New Zealand play rugby I was trolling through some old photos.

Not that it is helping as the all blacks are giving us a flogging but it does help easy the pain.  🙂

Just give it

Just give it

Mr Jackson

Mr Jackson

Benny Wills Gala Night – Official Photographer

Once again this year I’m privileged to be the official photographer for the Benny Wills gala night.

For anyone that doesn’t know about the Benny Wills foundation you should really pop over to their website and have a read http://www.bennywills.org/

Their story is not only incredibly sad it also is tremendously inspiring. To lose a child to a fatal brain tumour would have to be one of the hardest things to go through in your life but to come back and create a foundation dedicated to the research into the very brain tumour that took your son’s life shows tremendous courage and strength.

To stand there and photograph these incredibly tough parents while they discuss the lives and the process of how this hideous disease takes the lives of their children is heartbreaking. To have to live through that and to know that once your child is diagnosed death is only six months away, I cannot imagine what they would go through. 🙁

It is for this reason I donate my time to this event as I believe that with time, money and the advancement of technology they will find a cure or as a minimum extend the life of these poor children so they can enjoy some additional time with their loved ones.

If you like to book a table or buy some tickets you can do that online and I urge you to come along as it is really a fantastic night.

http://www.bennywills.org/gala-dinner.aspx

Benny Wills Offical Photographer

Benny Wills Offical Photographer

Salvation Army Blanket Run

On Saturday The Salvation Army and in conjunction with Motorcycle Riders Association of the ACT held the 2015 blanket run.

This is where heap of motorcycle riders come together for a short ride and donate money, nonperishable is in blankets Salvation Army

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra.  It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliament house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcycle community

I think in total there was around a couple hundred motorcycles which I think was a really good turnout considering is a really cold day so it was nice that they had a copy of an on-site, and I certainly took advantage of that before the crowd showed up.

As part of any event I spend a lot of time walking around capturing various things but I must say it was good to see females in attendance in what is a male dominated activity.

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra.  It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliament house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcycle community

The ride started off at old Parliament house and headed down towards Woden before coming back up past Parliament house through civic and over to Russell before coming back over Kings Avenue Bridge and back to old Parliament house.

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliment house in Canberra.  It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcyle community

The Salvation Army ‎ Blanket ride 2015 held at the old parliament house in Canberra. It raised around $4000 from the Canberra Motorcycle community

By the end of the event I think there raised around $4000 and had a truckload of blankets and perishables so all in all I would say it was a success. Once again the motorcycling community opens up its hearts and wallets to those less fortunate.

If you want to check out all the other images from the event have a look at my events section by clicking on Events from the menu.

NOTE: These images are FREE to download and use as long as they are not altered in anyway.

My first post for 2015 – The Cancer Support Group

The last month I have been on holidays, and when I say holidays, I really mean relaxing and taking it easy.

However, as January is just about over its time to start getting on with business, but before I do, I will be attending The Cancer Support Group convoy, which will be held tomorrow. It will be a unique experience for me as I’ll be actually attending as an attendee, and not the event photographer. ha ha ha

I will be a fantastic day out riding with some old, and new mates. It is also a fantastic way for the The Cancer Support Group (http://thecancersupportgroup.org.au/) to gain some valuable funds, for what is a terrible disease that takes thousands of people every year.

I was talking to a friend the other day about this convoy, and he was trying to decide if it was worth attending. Now my words to him were.

Is it worth giving away 50$ to ride 38km with other riders…. No… It is worth giving away 50$ to help families with cancer. Hell yeah

Which kinda raises an interesting point. Not everything in life has a tangible and quantifiable value.

  • Can you put a dollar figure on the smile you see in your child’s eyes on Christmas morning?
  • What about the last moments of life!
  • As you watch your love ones slowly deteriorate as cancer ravages their body, is the medicine that brings comfort to them in their final days worth the money?
  • What about the value of memories?
  • Memories that are captured at a point in time and are there for a lifetime?

Photographs to me, are those memories. Photographs that capture the memories and document the history of life are one of the most important things as we grow old and our actual memory fades. We can, at any time, look back at these photographs. Photographs that bring out emotion, feeling, smells, tastes, while kick starting our minds back into an active state where they remember the moment when the photo was taken. We remember the things we were doing at that time, how we felt, and the people and activities that surround that moment in time.

Participating in this event tomorrow, is not about riding and hanging with my mates, it’s not about watching awesome old-fashioned Australian rock bands at the end and it’s not about getting a super cool T-shirt, Stubby Holder and a mad flag for my bike.

It’s about making a difference!

Cancer Council convoy