Sometimes you have to do it for "love"
Last week, I received a tender document for some marketing services for the Charters Towers City Council. It's not normally something we would put in a tender for, simply because the scope of works is too tight and minimal, but I can't help myself.
It was placed on my desk by our Victorian State Manager, who thought that normally we wouldn't do it but maybe I may be interested in it because I come from Charters Towers. The sentimental value of doing something for a town that you love and have had the opportunity to grow up in, is just too much to refuse.
Unlike many of my school friends, I never wanted to leave and still to this day, I find the town to be charming, beautiful and a unique piece of Australian history.
Over the years, we have chosen to work for companies in Charters Towers but this one is extra special. It's about how people see the town and its many charming, historic buildings and history through how the Charters Towers City Council communicates.
I am going to take some time and do up this tender myself. I can't help it. I am so very proud of my childhood and the memories of growing up in a town with just over 10,000 people, on property, doing things like camping on the grounds, riding motorbikes, swimming in the river that runs through the property in wet season, the nightly storms in summer and driving down the country roads.
I often tell my American staff about my pet kangaroo, that died of a broken heart - or at least that is what my mother told me. We went off to Townsville one day and came back the next to find the little joey asleep, and never to wake up in my bedroom. It was very sad, and I cried for days.
I still am good friends with some people that I grew up with and after all of these years, it's quite magical to still know each other and keep in contact. They are extra special and they know who they are. We have memories that we often go back on and all have a love for Christine Young's Mother's famous roast.
I will let you know how I go and definitely share the progress!