I'm so proud to be the NF catagory winner in the BeingYOUnique photo competition hosted by the Children's Tumour Foundation. May is NF awareness month and as part of the Yellow Penguin Appeal, to raise both money and awareness, the Children's Tumour Foundation are hosting the Walk for Hope along with the BeingYOUnique photo competition. The photo exhibition was on display in Sydney at the MLC centre in Martin Place from 3-13 May before coming to Bourke Place in Melbourne from 17-27th May.
Winning the competition wasn't all smooth sailing. When I first received the call telling me the news I was so excited, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. This was short lived. The photo I had submitted had poor resolution and couldn't be blown up to the required size for the exhibition. There was many tears shed. After talking to a local printing shop I discovered that I had cropped the photo before submitting it and this is why it was such poor quality. I sent through the original photo and was on tender hooks until I got the call saying that my photo would definetly be in the exhibition. The feeling of euphoria was back.
On the 19th May I attended the 'Meet the Artist' event at Bourke Place where, along with close family and friends, I was able to see my framed photo for the first time. I had submitted several photos for the competition but the winning photo to me signifies a real 'conquer NF' moment where against all odds, on a 35 degree day, I climbed to the top of Boronia Peak in Halls Gap. The feeling of pride when I saw my photo remains with me today.
I was lucky on the night to meet the CEO from the foundation and tell him the story behind the photo. It's moments like this that remind me of how far I have come.
The judge of the competition told me that my "beaming smile" in the photo appealed to him the most.
Meeting staff from the foundation that I am truly so passionate about and seeing that they are equally as passionate and have the same drive as I have was amazing. I am proud that in some small way I am helping to make a difference by raising awareness and raising funds which in turns gives people like me hope that one day there will be a cure.