We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the outpouring of support for Ivon & Kaylaa during our event!
We are all so grateful to everyone who purchased tickets, donated prizes to our raffle, shared our event, posted cooks and left beautiful messages of love & support!
We have decided to leave this up here indefinitely in case anyone would still like to donate and we'll make sure any money that comes through now the event is over goes straight to Ivon & Kaylaa.
Please note all our raffle prizes have been drawn.
We are hoping to run more of these events next year to further support Ivon & Kaylaa during this journey so as soon as we get this organised we will create a new event and let you know via our Facebook page
Ivon's video of thanks to each and everyone of you legends who supported our event can be found here and our can be found here
"The goal is to live not just survive"
"I'm not yielding to anything, I'm fighting to live"
A very good mate of ours, Ivon Turner who you may know as The BBQ Fairy or Chef Ivon and his beautiful partner Kaylaa have recently been dealt some pretty rough cards. They have had an incredibly difficult 12 or so weeks and will be faced with many tough times ahead.
Following a very serious seizure at a BBQ Fairy gig in Gladstone back on the 11th September Ivon was told he had a brain tumor.
Ivon was diagnosed with a Grade 3 Glioma. This is a tumor that appears in the tissue between the skull and the brain.
Ivon has undergone brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as they could and is now having radiation and chemotherapy.
When we watched the video Ivon shared last week (link to video) updating everyone on what's been happening in his life over the past few months we were utterly heartbroken.
Tears flowed and as they did we started talking about different ways in which we could help these wonderful people through this horrendous time.
We understood that with Ivon needing to take time off work and being unable to do his beloved BBQ Fairy gigs there would be a level of financial stress they would also be having to deal with on top of everything else.
So we came up with a plan and we were so grateful when Ivon gave us his blessing to run this event!
Our Aussie BBQ community as well as the community we have built around the Kettle Kone is a bloody tight knit family. When one of us needs help we are all really good at banding together to make a big difference.
So here's what we're asking you to do...
* All money raised will be going directly to Ivon & Kaylaa for them to use however they need to while they fight this fucking bastard of a disease *
Any time between 12.01am on Friday 11th December 2020 and 11.59pm on Sunday 13th December 2020 we'd like you to cook something with your Kettle Kones and post your photos in the discussion section of our event.
This event will not be limited to only those who own Kettle Kones - that would be pretty silly!
We don't mind what you cook on so longs as you cook on something for us during the event!
It can be any type of BBQ! Or for that matter if you'd like to participate and don't have a BBQ, cook on your stove or in your oven!
We just want as many people as possible to support this event so we can raise as much money as humanly possible to give to Ivon & Kaylaa before Christmas!
To participate you will need to purchase at least one of these $10 'tickets'
You are more than welcome to purchase multiple tickets if you'd like to but we wanted to make this affordable for everyone as we understand being this close to Christmas money may be tight for a lot of family's.
We have also decided to run this as a 3 day event because we know everyone is extremely busy at this time of year.
We hope that you can find even an hour during these 3 days to contribute to our efforts to ever so slightly help Ivon & Kaylaa with what they are going through.
Along with posting photos/videos of your cooks we'd love for you to leave messages and kind words of love & support for Ivon & Kaylaa! Send them some positive vibes which they will be able to look back on during their toughest times to know they have a whole community that love them and are here to support them however we all can.
We'll be running raffles over the 3 days so if anyone reading this would like to contribute any prizes for us to giveaway we'd love to hear from you!
1 'ticket' will equal one entry into our raffle draws so the more tickets you purchase the greater chance you'll have to win!
We'll write the name & order number of each person who purchases a ticket into a raffle book and then get our kids to draw names out of a container over the 3 days.
PLEASE share this event with your networks and encourage them to join us and if there is any way you'd like to help or contribute above purchasing a ticket we'd be so grateful to hear from you!