2014 SPONSOR POEM – 9 Ante Portas
We’ve been at this for a while, and we’ve come a country mile
You can see the very tangible results
Susan’s audience is growing, Chrissie’s talent’s really showing
And we think Rob’s been approached by several cults.
(Exactly why we’re not too sure, but we’re hoping there’ll be more
As her mys-ter-y exhibit’s sold for charity
Raise your hand and make a bid – Angel Flight is worth your quid
You could own an artwork made with love and clarity.)
Just to mention all the women who’ve spent 6 or more years swimmin’
Through the surf of Ante Portas’s support
There is Lou and Kac and Pete, and I’d like you all to meet
Binnie, Blins, Heather’n’me for a report.
You can see the things we’ve done – besides of course, the having fun
Having meetings at our various addresses –
I’m a writer, and I’ve writ; Chrissie’s photographed a bit
And we’ve wiped each other tears with fond caresses.
Lyndal is our mate from Sydney and we’d all give our right kidney
For a piece of funky jewellery that she makes
Binnie’s art has gone all Greek, Peewee’s bold but never meek
Heath personifies the bush make no mistake.
And our darling little Lou – what would we do without you?
With her gorgeous driftwood artwork we’re bemused
She’s got contacts by the score – she’s found friends for us galore
And her cello-playing mate keeps us amused.
We always have two guests, and this year we’re truly blessed
With 2 talented young ladies from the bush
A hearty welcome to Trish Arden with her paintings of her garden
And as well to Heather Wehl in this year’s push.
To our kids behind the scenes you just don’t know what it means
That you don the apron strings with which we bound you
And the hubbies who tolerate – you know that we think you’re great
And of course we bless the fact that we each found you.
But the ones who trim our tree of largesse so heartily
Are the sponsors with long arms and generous pockets
Hakfoort Group stumped up again, Pillow Talk has kept us sane
While Chinova Mining said yes like a rocket.
You will get an ice cream soon and you’ll be over the moon
‘Cause there’s nothing in the world quite like a Weis’s
With real fruit and realer cream you will think you’re in a dream
Yes! A Weis bar’s one of life’s surprises.
Thankyou Petrie Gallery and their lovely aide Vashti
For your generous and helpful attitude
Bendigo the banking giant proved themselves more than compliant
And the wine is thanks to Pete and David Trude.
The Bells came to the party – maybe it’s because they’re arty
And provided a weekend at Mermaid Beach
We love all our lovely sponsors, your generous gifts ensconce us
And the charity – and we thank you one and each
My important job today is to stand up here and say
Just how much we ‘preciate our friends who’re here
All of you who came tonight we love you with all our might
Thankyou darlings for your belief in us this year.