Festival of Life and Love raises funds for NICU

Children at the festival participating in a bongo workshop. Photo: Kim Oakhill
Children at the festival participating in a bongo workshop.
Photo: Kim Oakhill

WHEN Kim Oakhill became a mother in September 2012, her world changed forever. Corporate, career driven Kim suddenly began to question her purpose, and wanted to leave a legacy for her children, and to genuinely make this world a better place doing everything in her power to do so.

First, she became a celebrant and became addicted to love!
A few years later in February 2016, commenced a startup called Helpful Love, to offer helpful, practical alternatives to flowers during times of loss.

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Her newest adventure took flight on Sunday, 2nd October 2016, when Kim and her yoga teacher and musician husband, Joel, hosted a private music festival in their backyard in Medowie to spread even more love, and raise funds for a cause dear to their hearts.
Kim told News Of The Area, “Last year, we hosted The Festival of Life and Love for my 30th birthday and for our daughter Dusty’s Naming Ceremony – We had over 100 friends and family attend and camp, with live music acts including Blaq, a funk and soul band from Sydney.”
“Everyone had such an awesome time, so we decided to make it an annual event!” Kim said.

Three close friends of Kim recently experienced complicated pregnancies resulting in their babies requiring significant care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the John Hunter Hospital.
This prompted her to reflect on how blessed and lucky she is to have two perfectly healthy children, and she thought it was a perfect opportunity to make the festival a fundraising event.
This year, Kim and Joel organised a Drum Explosion Bongo session with Earthen Rhythms, a flower crown workshop with Rosehip Flowers, a solo artist, Lynn Bowtell, a duo – Kim Mackenzie and Joel Oakhill, and the soulful tunes of Blaq once again.
Domino’s Pizza Medowie kindly provided some drastically reduced pizzas, and family and friends generously donated money for pizzas and activities throughout the day.
It was a family friendly day of fun, laughter, good music, awesome vibes and of course, love.
The total raised was $931, with donations still coming in from Kim and Joel’s family and friends who were unable to attend.


By Rachael VAUGHAN

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