Chisholm & Gamon Support the Heart of St Kilda Concert

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Are you ready for a rockin’ good night in the name of charity? On Tuesday the 14th of May the long-awaited 2013 Heart of St Kilda Concert will be headlined by a number of acclaimed acts including Kate Ceberano, Russell Gilbert and Frank Woodley. Held in the iconic Palais Theatre, tickets to this heart-warming event are indeed coveted – so get your mitts on a pair now! The Heart of St Kilda concert is a great chance to support those less fortunate in the community (as it is Sacred Heart Mission project) while also treating the family to a night out of entertainment. Every year at Chisholm and Gamon we sponsor the event in an aim to raise awareness and support for the mission’s tireless hard work.

The numbers of homeless people living on the street in and around the Port Phillip Bay area continues to rise and the Sacred Heart Mission have been working for over 20 years to assist these people with food and shelter. There is a strong sense of community both in St Kilda and at the mission, and we’re proud to support the organization as it continues to grow with local support.

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Funds raised by the annual Heart of St Kilda concert will go towards the mission’s daily meals program. This program ensures there is breakfast and lunch available at the soup kitchen 365 days per year and requires the manpower of 4 professional kitchen staff and 25 volunteers daily. It is a vital resource for those who can’t afford to feed themselves and is at the core of the Sacred Heart Mission’s activities.

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Attending the annual Heart of St Kilda concert is a fun way to contribute towards to daily expenses of running such an essential community service in St Kilda. This year tickets for the show start at $79 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com.au. The show will feature a combination of music acts and comedians including Darren Carr, Wishful, Rachel Berger, EVEN, Saskwatch and Hannah Gadsby. It is a great event for the entire family to attend.

Be sure to spread the word about the concert and support the efforts of the St Kilda Sacred Heart Mission. Team C&G will see you there!

C&G and the Sacred Heart Mission Light Up a Life

It is no secret that Chisholm and Gamon are proud sponsors of St Kilda’s Sacred Heart Mission. As such, we’re delighted to inform the community of the annual Light up a Life cocktail party to be held at Circa, The Prince Deck on Thursday 21st of March. The event is certain to be a successful evening with a variety of entertainment and delicious cocktails on offer. The Mission ‘s Women4Women Committee is organizing the event – it not only promises to be a great night out, but will also raise valuable funds for the Sacred Heart Mission.

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Having sold out in years past, the Light Up a Life cocktail party has earned itself the reputation of being a must-attend social charity event. It is clear the community is happy to be involved with the Sacred Heart Mission that has been serving the homeless and underprivileged in the Bayside and Port Phillip Bay areas for an astounding 30 years. Since 1982 the Parish Priest Father Ernie Smith has been motivated by the gospel passage from Matthew 25:35-36 to share with those who are less fortunate.

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Since the fateful day that Father Smith shared a meal with a homeless man in St Kilda, the mission has grown into an organisation that provides breakfast and lunch everyday for hundreds of people in need. The formation of the Women4Women committee is the result of mission’s growth, with more volunteers allowing for new initiatives to get underway.

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The committee has worked tirelessly to ensure this special event is one that is both enjoyable for attendees and helpful to the women of Melbourne who are in need. Along with a great crowd, cocktails and delicious food, local jeweler Misuzi will also display a range of glittering treats available for purchase. Proceeds from Misuzi (jewelry pictured below) sales will go to the Sacred Heart Mission.

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Be sure to get involved in this wonderful event! Tickets are available via the www.sacredheartmission.org. The Chisholm & Gamon team look forward to seeing you there.

C&G: Supporting 30 Years of the Sacred Heart Mission with a Race Around St Kilda

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Your mission should you choose to accept it? Find the Heart of St Kilda! Celebrate with C&G and the Sacred Heart Mission as they commemorate serving the community of St Kilda and surrounds for 30 years. To mark this anniversary, a range of celebrations will be held – most notably the ‘Race Around St Kilda’ event. Secret Agent or not – we challenge you to find the heart of St Kilda with us on a fun Sunday by the bay!

“Follow the clues,

Follow the fun,

Find the Heart of St Kilda,

And your work is done!”

 So goes the first clue in the Sacred Heart Mission’s Race Around St Kilda – held on the same day as the Mission’s ‘Open House’ event – Sunday 24th February. The Mission aim to raise $25,000 from Race Around St Kilda, with monies used to support their charity work which includes feeding, housing, providing recreational activities and counselling services for disadvantaged and homeless people. Joining in the fun Race Around St Kilda is easy – simply grab a team of four people and register, then tell you friends and family about your intention to take on the Sacred Heart Mission challenge and have them sponsor you. Click here for details on registering and letting your besties know!

The race itself begins on Sunday 24th February at 12:30pm, Catani Gardens and finishes at the Sacred Heart Mission on Grey Street, St Kilda. During the race you’ll be sleuthing clues in secret locations around the neighbourhood, completing challenges and collecting completion ‘stamps’. Once you finish, the Sacred Heart mission invite you to collect your prize (awards go to the fastest finishing team, best fancy dress and most successful fundraisers) and welcome you to their ‘Open House’.

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During the open house (featuring buskers and a tasty sausage sizzle) you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Mission’s buildings, and find out how each day 500 meals are prepared and a homely environment is made ready for 150 disadvantaged people. Meet with friendly volunteers and staff after the Race Around St Kilda at Sacred Heart Mission HQ – 87 Grey Street St Kilda from 2-5pm. The perfect finish to a day carousing around your favourite neighbourhood with friends on the Race Around St Kilda – the closest thing you’ll get to a real-life Bond adventure by the beach.

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It was a very successful evening at beautiful venue Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, overlooking the bay. Whilst enjoying delicious food and wine, guests were treated to a warm and intimate panel chat by famous sporting identities (Gian Rooney, Cameron Ling, Peter Moody and Danny Frawley amongst others), MC’d by Tiffany Cherry.

Torsten and Sam conducted a very rowdy auction – successfully auctioning off items including a competition shirt signed by Usain Bolt, a framed James Bond collage which was signed by all of the actors who have played the role of Bond, and a bottle of Penfolds Grange (2000) signed by Cathy Freeman. Over $57,000 was raised – an absolutely phenomenal result. Chisholm and Gamon are very proud to be a sponsor for the wonderful cause of the Sacred Heart Mission’s sport and recreation program. We hope to see you next year!

Thrifty Fun

Up-cycling, thrifting, sustainability fashion – call it what you’d like, but op-shopping has seen a resurgence amongst the young and trendy in our community. Today’s Chisholm & Gamon blog looks at the reasons for this upswing in op-shopping’s popularity, and ways that you can get involved in communal op-shopping locally.

As we spend longer days at the office and utilise social media to facilitate more of our everyday investment in friendships and relationships, the need to connect and discover brands and experiences that ‘have a story’ has become more important. What better way to invest your time than with a day out on a browsing adventure through Melbourne’s Op Shops? No longer are they the mothball scented, dingy shops of yore (although some may still be, and they could have the greatest hidden treasures within!) – as young people take to op shops with a fervour not seen since the early 1990’s. Melbourne Op Shop Tours have capitalised on this sudden interest in ‘found’ objects and vintage fashion, providing a range of tailored tours for thrift-shopping enthusiasts. As late as last week they facilitated a ‘Squeaky Wheel Bicycle OpShop Tour’ as part of Port Phillip’s Winter Lifestyle and Leisure program, which was a sold-out hit! Melbourne Op Shop Tours also run a non-bike based Bayside Op Shop tour which covers off on some of the best thrift stores across Sandringham, Hampton and Brighton. For more details on the Melbourne Op Shop Tours and to book your own fun day out trawling for bargains, click here. Their next Bayside Op Shop Tour is on the 6th of October, so you’ve still time to book.

As you might know, Chisholm & Gamon support local charities and have a special affiliation with the Sacred Heart Mission. Sacred Heart Mission charity shops feature heavily in the Melbourne Op Shop Tour itinerary, which is another terrific reason to consider occasionally purchasing pre-loved wares. Not only will you be picking unique pieces for your wardrobe or home, you’ll also be supporting a valuable local charity and reducing your own carbon footprint. Triple tick!

Some of Melbourne’s best sustainability-fashion and op shopping blogs include Recycled Fashion, Style Wilderness and (for those who like to try their hand at crafting too) A Pair and A Spare. You’re sure to get some vintage style inspiration from these sites for your next op shopping session!

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