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馃巹 XMAS With A聽Conscience #1馃巹

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A charity XMAS raffle聽for the needy, supporting a Christian organisation, run by a dyed-in-the-wool Athiest....who'da thunk it?!?!?!

Christmas can be a very lonely time of the year, especially for the homeless in our community.
This raffle seeks to support one of our own, a charity giving drive聽by respected not-for-profit,

The Wayside Chapel - Sydney

Please follow the link to see where the raffle funds will go:


How it works:

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 the record & books are offered FREE as prizes to聽SNA members.

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 ALL raffle funds donated in this raffle are going straight to the above link after close.

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 A receipt of the funds given to Wayside Chapeland will be posted here with the video draw.

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The winner gets the prizes posted to their door, FREE.

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Everyone else feeds, clothes and supports in a myriad of ways, the homeless.

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Unlimited $$ donations accepted until 10pm, Thursday 13/12/17

Donate here:聽聽https://paypal.me/pools/c/8a0d3OBAcZ

* Please drop a note in this thread to let us know you鈥檝e donated and I can allocate you a number.

No number requests please - they will be assigned in order of receipt of a donation.

* 鈥楾he Hat鈥櫬爏oftware will do the draw.
It鈥檚 old and creaky, but it does the job with a GUI frontend I can film, as we do the draw together.

The SNA Admin and Moderator Team will have full oversight of this process.

The prizes are:


SARAH McLACHLAN - Wonderland LP, Sealed and Brand New

Let's face it 鈥 Sarah is no rock chick.

A bit of fuzzed guitar, or a stray jazz piano lead, is about all this talented Canadian lady can handle outside of a pretty comfy MOR vibe that she's successfully been pushing for 30+ years. That's enabled her, just quietly, to sell 30 million records along the way....

Perhaps more importantly though, during her Lilith Fair years, she was the leader, face and unparalleled voice of a collective consisting solely of female solo artists and female-led bands. In its initial three years back in the late 90's, Lilith Fair raised over $10M for charity and put an important stake in the ground for women striking out for a fair hearing and equal rights on bills and within the music industry generally (and how's the list of performers from the inaugural 1997 year: Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman, Jewel, Dido, Suzanne Vega, Pat Benatar, Beth Orton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Fiona Apple, The Cardigans, Emmylou Harris, Lisa Loeb, Indigo Girls, Meredith Brooks, Tracy Bonham, India Arie, Natalie Merchant and the list goes on and on......)

Those days however are long gone and Sarah's vibe now is the steady maturity that approaching 50 years of age often brings. Luckily for all of us, that superb mezzo-forte voice of hers is still equal to any task and it's that instrument that takes this album to all the best places. It's classy and comforting, music that sets a mood and drifts into the background, the kind of Christmas album that's designed to be a holiday perennial, without annoying the bejeezus out of you..

So when the significant other, or any other relative asks you to put on a Xmas album 鈥渢he whole family will enjoy鈥 this holiday season, *this* one might actually last through both sides with ALL of you.


N.Mint Signed 1st Edition DAVID LACHAPELLE - 'Lachapelle Land' Box & Book

LaChapelle's first monograph with now iconic and elaborate portraits of celebrities & music people including k.d. lang, Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Drew Barrymore (repeatedly), David Duchovny, Leonardo DiCaprio, Faye Dunaway, Tom Jones, and many others.

David LaChapelle: LaChapelle Land.
Simon & Schuster. 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. Original edition. Issued without a dust jacket. With the illustrated box.
Comes with the original Map. Complete and as new.
131 color reproductions .
Box has two split corners to the top clamshell as usual for these editions, else is unmarked.

The book was brought new by me a few years before, kept NEW and then handed to David to sign personally on his Nokia N8 Australian promo tour in 2010 in Melbourne. The dedication from David Lachapelle across two pages:

"For Jon - Follow Your Heart Always"and signed in a huge flourish.

My heart now says, 鈥済ive this to someone who will appreciate it further鈥.

It鈥檚 the perfect coffee table book for any music room or Man Cave.


Jim Morrison - Mr. Mojo - Brand new and unread


Ace Frehley - No Regrets聽- Brand new and unread


Prince - Let's Go Crazy聽- Brand new and unread


Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters聽- Brand new and unread


Johnny Cash - The Life聽- Brand new and unread


Metallica - Into The Black聽- Brand new and unread


Nick Cave & Cohorts - A Little History聽- Brand new and unread

So get into this...help the homeless with a small donation of anything you think worthy, and maybe carry away an armload聽of Xmas reading material for the upcoming holidays.

thank you.

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Donations go here :聽聽https://paypal.me/pools/c/8a0d3OBAcZ聽(PayPal POOL set up specifically for this cause)

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Thanks to @Marc聽for kicking this one off!


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Ever get that feeling you and your family may be just one missed Paycheck away from the streets yourselves?

Imagine that, every month....


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13 minutes ago, Alpine Electrocats said:

Can non members buy tickets too?

Forgive my idiocy - 'non-members' being people who are not currently on SNA?


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Donations can be followed here (you'll need a PayPal account):


If you don't have a PayPal account, but still want to be involved, let me know.

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Good on 'ya Jon. Nice work with this one.
More than happy to support it.

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On 28/11/2018 at 6:05 PM, candyflip said:

* Please drop a note in this thread to let us know you鈥檝e donated

Yep, in like Flynn Jon...............very good cause!!

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Latest newsletter from Jon Owen:

What we love changes.

There was a time long ago in my life when wet weather days and nights like the ones we鈥檝e had in Sydney in the last couple days would have seen me gleefully crawling up into bed with a hot cuppa and good book, I loved them. A couple of nights ago as I walked through the building I saw a different kind of love in action, it looked like a frenzy of activity as plans were being made for the night of storms ahead. It looked like extra blankets and clothing being handed out. It looked like people sharing their 鈥渟ecret spots鈥 where it was the driest and least wind exposed for sleeping. It looked like one of our regulars running around giving his mobile number out to everyone 鈥渋f you get stuck call me and we can huddle together to stay warm鈥. Could there be more generous acts than that? Yesterday morning after the deluge had really hit, love looked like quick access to our warm showers, dry towels, fresh clothes and hot breakfasts. Can you really imagine how hard it would be to live on the streets and not to have a roof over your head in this weather? What I see is absolute resilience and willingness of those on the streets to help others even in the toughest times. Love looks quite different to me now and I鈥檓 a lot richer for it.

Lots of little love hearts
Last weekend all who have been in the building have been uplifted by a new choir practising in the building. There is a little girl聽who we have seen quite regularly of late and she聽is聽often聽dressed as a superhero. When聽I鈥檝e聽asked who聽she聽is, she聽has聽looked at me like I must have been blind or a little slow. 鈥淚鈥檓 Woman Wonder!鈥 For the first time, I saw聽little miss Wonder Woman聽sit聽still. She聽was truly captured by the wonder of the choir and it wasn鈥檛 just our聽little聽superhero聽who was dazzled,聽it was all of us in the room who were similarly captivated by the beautiful sounds together.聽

I was also recently invited to conduct a funeral service for someone from the transgender community. About 20 women and the deceased鈥檚 dog all huddled together in our chapel to mourn her passing and to pay tribute to a life lived to the full. What a character she was.聽There were lots of stories that were told about her life.聽One such colourful聽story recounted a time when she was asked to leave a women鈥檚 refuge when it was discovered she was running an escort agency from within it 鈥 the staff only found this out because her certificate of business registration arrived in their mail. When confronted she argued that she was running a perfectly legal social enterprise that was empowering and employing women.聽Did I mention that we certainly have some characters in Kings Cross? We love them all.聽聽

Just over a month ago I received the privilege of being invited to give a聽TEDx聽Talk聽at 1 Bligh St, it was an opportunity to share a little of what got Lisa and I started on a journey that has led us all the way to Wayside Chapel. It has not been a path marked by striving to be higher, faster and stronger, but rather an opportunity to move the other way, to be lower, slower and weaker and able to respond to the world as it is,聽rather than聽what we all expect or constantly aspire for it to be. As we move towards the silly season, I ask you to slow down and pause to really think about what things mean most to you. You can view myTEDx Talk here.

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Great initiative Jon, Marc and everyone else involved!聽

Very happy to be involved (every little bit counts I guess).

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