Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Sad News

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Hello everyone,

Some of you would already know this, but very sadly we lost our General Manager of Stampin'Up Australia, Dave Abbott, last Thursday. Dave had been sick and in and out of hospital for most of this year, having fallen ill towards the end of last year. I only had the opportunity to meet Dave once, at our Convention in May, but from that meeting and from other communications that he sent out to us from time to time, I can tell you that he was an amazing person. At Convention we knew he was very ill... when he gave out the awards at our Awards Dinner he did so sitting down, as he was too weak to stand throughout the proceedings. But he told us he was honoured to be there, and wouldnt have missed it for the world. When he became even more unwell not long after Convention many of us sent him cards and good wishes. He actually took the time to compose an email to reply to us, to thank us for the cards, and to tell us how he was going to beat "this thing". Sadly that was not to be. But he fought his illness for almost a year, and remained interested and involved with the Australian Stampin'Up demonstrators throughout this time. I feel humbled and so very proud of what he has done for us.
The saddest part of this is that Dave leaves behind a wife and young family (3 children). Some of the demonstrators in our team attended his funeral yesterday, and Im told it was a beautiful service. My thoughts are with his family, and also with the demonstrators who knew Dave better than I, and who had been touched by his kindness. Dave was only 41.
Above is the card that I will be sending to them. Sympathy cards are not always easy, although I have to say that I didnt find this one difficult. It's funny how sometimes an idea and colours and design just seem to come to you. I've used the SU Wild Rose set here, with the French Script background. The sentiment is from the All Year Cheer 1 set.
Im so proud to work with Stampin'Up... they are doing something really lovely for Dave's family. The following post is taken directly from the SU demonstrator website:

"In Dave's honour, we're setting up a fund to help his family through this difficult time. During the month of November, we're releasing the All in the Family stamp set for sale in all our markets. All proceeds from the sale of this set during this time will directly benefit Dave's wife and three children. Please look for further communication soon regarding this opportunity to help Dave's family.

Dave, thank you for all that you taught us. You will be greatly missed."

When I have more details about the Stamp Set I will let you all know.


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