Book launch signing

Amazing photos from a memorable day

My Weekly Preview were kind enough to send the lovely Tracy Naughton, Photographer, to the Book Launch/Stroke Foundation Fundraiser on Sunday 29th at the Caloundra Power Boat Club. Tracy snapped some of my lovely guests who all had a great time and joined in the fun of the day. The raffle, sale of stroke wrist bands and the Medikidz books raised a whopping $1300 for the National Stroke Foundation, which has now been deposited in their account. I could not have wished for a more wonderful day and thank you to everyone who came along, bought my book and donated their gifts and their money for this organisation.

I have many other photos taken by my lovely friend Jane Robinson, which are on my Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone involved.



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One day to go!

One more sleep until the Book Launch and Stroke Foundation Fundraiser tomorrow, and as I am sat in my home study, drinking my morning cuppa from my lovely mug that my friend Lesley bought me, I am going through my speech. I truly feel blessed to have had tremendous support from everyone, not only through my immediate stroke recovery, but from everyone who has helped me get this book to print. I publicly thank Mary Barber and Karen Faa, who have helped me organise this event and I have every confidence that the day will run perfectly.

Author mugI am told that my Community Notice I submitted was aired on TV last night so maybe we will half of Caloundra helping us celebrate the afternoon! I have had a few concerned calls this week from some guests who haven’t received a ticket and wanted to know how the day will run. Here are a few brief reminders for those who need to know:

  • This is a FREE event – no ticket required – CASH ONLY EVENT
  • Please arrive around 3:00pm
  • Registration (for those who wish to keep updated on the progress of the book) & name tags
  • Book sales – $20
  • FREE ticket for a glass of champagne/orange juice
  • FREE platters of nibbles and tea and coffee
  • Stroke wrist band sales/entry into Lucky Door prize – $2.00 (ALL proceeds to the Stroke Foundation)
  • Raffle ticket sales (over $3,000 of prizes) – 2 x $5.00 or 5 x $10 (ALL proceeds to the Stroke Foundation)
  • Cailtin Gibney, Singer/Musician will be entertaining us for the afternoon
  • Speeches from myself and Ted Gibbs, Stroke Ambassador
  • CASH bar
  • Please wear something blue in support of the Stroke Foundation
  • Have fun!
  • Any other queries…please phone me on 0432552375.

2 days to go

Over $3,000 of raffle prizes!

My heartfelt thanks go out to all those who have kindly donated gifts for the raffle in aid of the Stroke Foundation and we have over $3000 of prizes!  I certainly could not have made this happen without these contributions and I know that we will raise lots of funds on the day. Check out Patrick showing off all the amazing prizes to be won.Raffle prizes

Raffle tickets are 2 x $5.00 or 5 x $10.00 so please bring low denominations of cash.

We also have Stroke Foundations wrist bands to purchase at $2.00 each which will give you a Lucky Door ticket for more prizes to be won. The Lucky Door prizes have been donated by Suncity Travel (on behalf of Hello World) and my good friend and Next Real Estate agent Kerri Johnston, so there are plenty of prizes to be won.

Josh Goyne, a young man who lost his Grandad to stroke and now cycles to raise funds for the Stroke Foundation, kindly donated the wrist bands and also donated some Superhero ‘Medikidz’ story books written by Doctors to explain stroke to children. I am sure if anyone affected by stroke has children or grandchildren, these books would be worth a gold coin donation.

I have a plentiful supply of ‘A Stroke of Poetry’ books, the cost of which is $20.00.

Me and Mel starjumping

“Businesses pitch in for stroke sufferers”

Caloundra Weekly have published another great article (Pg23 in this week’s edition). This was written by Mary Barber, Freelance Journalist and one of my event organisers for my book launch. Mary interviewed my trainer and good friend, Melinda Bingley, who owns  MAB Personal Training and Adventures for the article. CWeekly article 23/11

Melinda explained how exercise helped me through my recovery. Mary has also kindly mentioned some of the businesses who have donated raffle prizes.








3 days

More great raffle prizes

Here are a few more of the fabulous donations by friends and local businesses….


Colorpop Cosmetics Hair & Makeup Bar is THE one-stop shop for all your hair and make-up needs. The services that Nikki Stacey and her staff provide are second to none..including the full package of hair and make-up for your special wedding day.I have known Nikki now for over 7 years and do not buy my makeup from anywhere else. Colorpop voucher

They stock the wonderful LUST minerals range which look great and are kind to your skin. Nikki has donated a voucher for brow shaping and a session on makeup application.







Who hasn’t heard of 4ingredients?

4ingredientsKim McCosker and her fabulous team keep pumping out these easy to understand recipe books for busy mums just like me. Their fame has travelled the Atlantic and they have been engaged in a number of TV shows. 4ingredients have kindly donated their ‘Celebrations Cookbook’ as a raffle prize, which should give the lovely recipient some new ideas for the Christmas festivities ahead.



My beautiful friend Leanne Coleman is also a Norwex consultant and would not use any other product in her home or on her body.norwex Norwex products ‘clean without chemicals’, so are kinder to your body and the environment. Leanne had kindly donated two personal and one for the home. With each Norwex pack comes full instructions on how to use the products inside.






We also have some fantastic vouchers as raffle prizes…

My good friend and Intimo Consultant Lee-Anne Williams has kindly donated a voucher for the raffle. If you haven’t tried the Intimo range or would like to book an Intimo party, check out  Lee-anne’s Facebook page. Ever been to Underwater World? My good friend Krystyna Turnock has donated a family pass which doesn’t expire until April 2016, so there is plenty of time to use it with your children in the holidays. The Caloundra Power Boat Club, in addition to assisting me with the room for the book launch, have kindly donated a meal voucher which can be used anytime.


4 days

Partylite donations for the raffle.

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Jackie Lee, Independent Partylite Consultant, is another example of a generous person who has donated to my raffle and wanted to help raise funds for the National Stroke Foundation. I had not even met Jackie previously, but a number of friends have hosted many Partylite parties and upon hearing of my book launch/fundraiser, she had organised a beautiful lattice lantern, tealights and a gorgeous ‘GloLite’ candle. Partylite gift

This is a beautiful prize and is presented well packed, to protect the lantern. If you wish to take a look at what’s inside, come and join us at the event this Sunday afternoon.


5 days

Homeleigh House’ gifts are a raffle prize worth winning!

Homeligh house logo

Have you ever been to Homeleigh House on Bulcock Beach in Caloundra? This has to be my favourite shop in Caloundra for gifts, homeware, fashion and general lifestyle presents. Emma Pickens, the owner and her beautiful staff are always on hand to help you choose whatever you are looking for…and generally what I’m not looking for, but just had to buy! I think David worries about his wallet each time he knows I am due a visit. Their range of Glasshouse candles and fragrances are gorgeous.Glasshouse Mountains scente

Emma has kindly donated a Christmas box of Glasshouse range fragrances AND a large Glasshouse ‘Night Before Christmas’ scented candle for our raffle. Be sure to buy your raffle tickets on the day (or before if you cannot attend) to be in with a chance of winning these lovely gifts.

6 days to go

More small business raffle donations

I am feeling very blessed at the moment because many of my friends and those I have come to know here on the Sunshine Coast have donated gift packs for the raffle to be held at my Book Launch and Stroke Foundation Fundraiser this coming Sunday.

Earlier this year, I decided that I would run the Caloundra Foreshore 10K..something I have wanted to do since moving to the Sunshine Coast. So, I underwent some rigorous training with Pure Amber Personal Training. Amber and Marcia put me through my paces, literally, and taught me everything I needed to know to be able to run the event. amber gift pack

I did it and I have a lot to thank them for. Amber has kindly donated a Pure Amber gift pack which includes 2 x 1:1 PT sessions, Phillips Rich Bass Running Headphones, a handbag holder from PWA Financial, a keyring, light and notepad. Amber has kindly donated a Pure Amber gift pack which includes2 x 1:1 PT sessions, Phillips Rich Bass Running Headphones, a handbag holder from PWA Financial, a keyring, light and notepad.



My gorgeous friend Kylie Flint, in addition to being a busy mum to three grown up children, is a Nutrimetics consultant. I was introduced to Nutrimetics when I first came to Australia and my mother-in-law (almost 80 now) said she used the products when she lived here as a young mum too. Kylie has donated a lovely gift pack with some fabulous products to make you feel special.Nutrimetics

Jane Bell, my brilliant beauty consultant who operates her own business in Pelican Waters named ‘Beauty@32’, is also an Avon representative.Avon, similarly to Nutrimetics has been around a number of years and is still going strong. Jane has kindly donated an Avon tote bag filled with lots of Avon goodies.Avon

Only 8 days to go!


A few guests have asked me about the order of the day, so here is a reminder of the ‘whats’ and ‘what nots’ for the event.  It is only 8 days away so if you haven’t notified me whether you are going, please send me a private message, ‘Like’ the event on Facebook or drop me an email to Thank you. Shelagh


A Stroke of Poetry Book Launch and Stroke Foundation Fundraiser

Sunday 29 November
Remember it’s at Caloundra Power Boat Club in the Pelicans Room (upstairs)
Only cash on the day for book sales, raffle tickets, stroke wrist bands and bar purchases. Bring low denominations of cash if possible.
Kindly donated…Stroke Wrist bands. $2 each and entry into lucky door prize
Every guest receives a free drink of champagne or orange juice upon arrival. Tea and coffee will be available also.

Over 20 wonderful raffle prizes donated. All proceeds to the Stroke Foundation
Friends, family and everyone welcome. Spread the word.

Please RSVP by Monday 23/11 for catering purposes
Our singer/musician will be the lovely Caitlin Gibney
Even a few platters of nibbles on the tables to keep hunger at bay
Ted Gibbs, Stroke Ambassador will be talking about Stroke awareness and prevention
Remember this is an afternoon of celebration, fun and fundraising
You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable but if you would like to wear something blue in support of the Stroke Foundation, that would be great. Contact me for further information on FB or

Please keep following my blog over the coming week for more news on the amazing raffle prizes being donated and the wonderful reviews from those who have already read my book.

Candle Culture markets

Have you tried a Candle Culture candle?

My lovely friend Bay Newton has worked tirelessly to get her business going and after several months of weekend markets up and down the Sunshine Coast, she hopes to secure a spot at the Sunday Caloundra Markets. Candle culture


Bay has a varied selection of candles and candle products with such beautiful scents, and all affordable, which are perfect for Christmas presents. Bay has kindly donated this extra large candle for our raffle. These candles are now stocked at Golden Beach Pharmacy.