26 September, 2009

Our fundraiser’s first editorial

We got an approval of a first editorial for our “Mt Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Cure” fundraiser!

Guys from the “Inside Strata” – magazine published by the Institute of Strata Title Management (ISTM) liked our story and will publish it in October or December issue. “Strata Living” is distributed to over 1,300 ISTM members. This is a good start!

24 September, 2009

Ol' Painting New Website

Ol’ Painting website received a funky makeover. We included lots of information about who we, what we do, some recent projects and testimonials. We created a page about our “Mt Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Cure” fundraised. Now it is easy to just refer to it when talking to publishers or supporters what exactly are we doing.

Last few weeks were busy writing editorials and webpages about our fundraiser. It all has to be approved by the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation before we can use it. So we could not do much actually promoting our fundraiser. But hopefully everything will be finalised this week, so we can actually start working on raising funds.

17 September, 2009

Project of a Month - SEPTEMBER 1

Weekends are the busiest time at Ol’ Painting. It’s the most convenient time for many clients to meet to arrange a quote. We always have a couple of strata title projects and we usually paint unit doors on weekends. Also most of offices have to be painted over weekend, so they continue operate as usual during a week.
Last two weekends we were doing panting for “Beanbah” strata-titled office building at Macquarie St in Sydney CBD. It hosts many busy solicitor and doctors offices. It is only closed on Sunday. This is when we had to schedule our work. By Monday morning everything has to be cleaned, all our staff taken away, so building can operate as usual.

15 September, 2009

Training for Mt Kilimanjaro climb

It’s not just a promotional work we have to do with our charity fundraiser “Mt Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Cure”. We still have 5,896m high mount to climb!

We train 5-6 days a week. Our training include:
  • Terrain running or cycling 3 times a week;
  • Weight training twice a week;
  • “power hill walking” – 5 time a week. We load our backpacks with 25-30kg dumbbells, put on our trekking socks and boots, and we go for a power walk up a down a very steep section of Riverview St at Lane Cove as quickly as we can. We do 5 laps up and down a street each day.

I wonder what residents think of these “bushwalkers” passing their windows 10 times within an hour!

02 September, 2009

Mt Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Cure - officially started on September 1st

Our planning of Mt Kili for Ovarian Cancer Cure findraising officially started on September 1st!

Right now we are finalising our plan of actions, going through all paperwork with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, negotiate a registration of a separate event with Everyday Hero site, developing branded stationary, emails and updating our website.

We are flat out with our painting work right now. So our fundraising will take a little free time left from our evenings and weekends. But it is very exiting!

01 September, 2009

Project of a Month - AUGUST 2


Our second terrace makeover this month. This one is in Paddington.

Dulux colour consultant picked a gorgeous grey for walls. But balcony railings were specified in dark charcoal and this was making house look very serious and official. The owners did not like it. So we paint it back in white. It is much better this way. It makes the house look light and funky. It really suits the lovely young family living here!

Kt Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Cure

I don't normally talk much about, but 3 years ago my mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She lived just 9 more months. It’s hard to watch a person you love dying! I sincerely hope that none of me readers will go through the same loss!

1 in 70 Australians women will develop ovarian cancer before the age of 85. Only 42% will survive after 5 years. So we decided to help to get this cure quicker!

In February 2010 our Ol’ Painting team – me and Oleksandra, will climb Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research. At 5,896m (19,344ft), “Kili” is the highest pick in Africa and one of the world largest free-standing mountains. We promise to work our guts out, fight the weather, altitude sickness and anything else on our way to the top. In exchange we ask for your donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research!

I’ll post updates on fundraising, planning and training this blog for our sponsors and friends to read. Wish us a good luck!