FLIP SIMMONS: August 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, MJ.

"I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don't know where we are
Although I know we've drifted far..."

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope.
In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort.
In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream.
And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.”
– Michael Jackson

Friday, August 27, 2010

Daffodil Day

It’s Daffodil Day, a day for all of us to give hope for a brighter, cancer-free future for ourselves, and for those we love. Daffodil Day is run by the Cancer Council. All merchandise is on sale throughout August. Alternatively, you can donate at anytime.

We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, the statistics are too high.

Donations contribute to vital cancer research and clinical trials. Also, support services to thousands of cancer patients and their families.

This little guy was just $10 and like most charities, donations are tax deductable.

Check out more on their website for more info or check out their facebook.

Anyone want to name him?

Daffodil Day 
first posted on flipsimmons.com 8/27/10, 10:40AM 
Updated: 8/26/2011, 11:00AM

Friday, August 20, 2010

John Thomas Simmons

Today is my Father's birthday.

He was a great man.

He instilled in me the spirit of charity, kindness and compassion.

He was a fighter, a leader and always there for anyone in need.

He created and forged countless charities and fundraisers throughout his lifetime, raising thousands of dollars for people and places in need.

He believed in spreading joy (a word I use often) and at Christmas, for most of my childhood and beyond, I'd have to share him, as he would be Santa Claus. While at the same time, he would be running the Wishing Tree Appeal.

He was a Union Delegate and was always, selflessly, sticking up for other people.

He was the president of the Philippine Cultural Society... Yet, he was white. This always baffled people at the Multicultural council meetings. But, it was his ideas and strong views that forged a sense of community in a very cultural, political and artistic world that I lived in, in Canberra.

In 2001, He was honored by the Queen and awarded  the Centenary Medal, acknowledging and recognising his contribution to Australian society; for his charity
and community work.

He was a great man, a great father and a Papa/Uncle to many an extended family.

He. was. amazing! And I miss him every single day.

I am particularly missing him now.

Happy birthday, Dad.

Monday, August 09, 2010

I ♥ Sydney

It is fast, furious, spontaneous, stunning and [too often] spectacular.
Last night, on the eve of City to Surf, I was enjoying a lovely night at Opera Bar - celebrating a birthday with some dear friends - when we were treated to a spontaneous and spectacular display of fireworks.

No one could explain why
we were being treated to the 
fire in the winter sky -
We chose to believe they 
were solely on display for us. 


Thursday, August 05, 2010

Prop 8

I awoke this morning to the news that Proposition 8 has been overturned.
Congratulations to the U.S.A on a big move forward.
I am so happy that so many of my friends now have equal rights - by law.
One day, I can only hope that Australia follows suit.