On June 20th to the 22nd 2014, forty-four ladies made their way from all over Australia to Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Camp near Gunnedah NSW for the 2014 Art and Craft Retreat.
The retreat was organised by long time scrapbooker and mixed media artist, Deb Godley, to raise much needed funds for 2014 Kidney Kar rally participants, the Warren family of Tamworth, aka ‘Kar 24- Cody’s Country’.
The Warren family
The Kidney Kar Rally raises money for Kidney Health Australia kidney kids’ camps, and the Warrens know first hand all about having a child with chronic kidney disease. Their youngest, Cody lost one of his kidneys after several operations to try and save it.
So not only did the scrapbooking and crafting community come to the rescue – they had a wonderful time doing it.
Classes and demonstrations with Anita Rodway and Jodi Dolbel inspired the retreat attendees, along with a Dusty Attic Birdhouse challenge, a layout challenge and a ‘Heroes and Villains” dress up night.
Anita Rodway having some fun in her class.
A couple of birdcages from the Dusty Attic challenge.
Donations from Kaisercraft, Manor House Creations, Flutterby Designs, the Scrapbook Nook, Scrapbooking Memories plus independent Stampin Up! consultant Joanne Slee, Kaszazz consultant Allara Bamforth, and Kim Jeffress for Heidi Swapp made raffles and goody bags a bounty of crafty goodness.
Many of the girls didn’t sleep – they just created all weekend – so there were many beautiful things to look at! Everyone left on Sunday exhausted but with a smile on their face, desperate to know when the next one would be.
The retreat managed to raise just over $2000 for ‘Cody’s Country –Kar 24’ which will all go towards Kidney Health Australia’s goal to raise one million dollars in 2014. Great work ladies!