Monday, July 11, 2011

Beaming with pride

Beaming with pride right now.

Over the last few days I've had so many phones calls and emails from workers and homeless asking about this BBQ I'm putting together. Now to be honest I started getting angry about how many I've had and thinking for something I'm not getting paid for there's a lot of work. Then I smiled and thought my biggest fear when starting this was no-one would be coming or helping. I was thinking I would be on my own in putting this together and fail.

The whole time I kept saying that this BBQ is showing the community coming and I must say it's happening. A Big Issue Vendor thought about helping other homeless people by putting on a BBQ and giving them clothes and things when it got so big that the community is coming together to help, hey there's some people saying it should be a 6 monthly event. There not the ones putting it all together. Ha ha.


I had to cut that last story short because I just got a phone call from someone. Oh am I angry right now. In my last post (which I deleted a few minutes ago) I stated how wonderful a charity was by helping by giving a lot of clothes and things for our BBQ. What a mistake that was.

I was told that 3 people today was saying they are me and wanted to collect things for the BBQ. Now at first I must admit maybe it was people asking for the BBQ, but then I was told people come and collect for events and then have garage sales and collect the money for themselves. I was told anyone reading about what I wrote would make people think of an easy way to collect things in bulk for a garage sale.

I can't believe it, I am struggling to put this together and getting all the help I can and some con artist wants to make a few bulks. You read my blog to see a score well I hope you read this one post.
You are a coward and have no morals at all. Here I am with nothing helping others and you have more, still I help while you take for yourself from others. Which one is a real man. You are a coward. I have seen harsh and really bad things on the streets but doing this is far worst. If you really need money I know some great magazines to sell, the money is not great but it's honest. Honest money may take longer to get, but you can hold your head up high.

I'm sorry for writing that but really I'm angry. I did go back and take out the swear words but to be honest it felt real good writing them in the first place. Ha ha. If someone did call and was meaning to donate it towards the BBQ, Please don't call any more. I will get them and give direct to BBQ homeless.

I am putting this BBQ together while chatting to people and seeing all the good in people but then there's that bad side which makes people think why bother. Really it's true it only takes a few to wreck it for the many. I can't stop con artist's from coming and loading up at my BBQ nor would I want to because really I would give to 10 con artist's if it means that one guy that really needs and wants help gets it.

I was going to end this post on that note but really that's not a happy ending at all, so here's a good ending.

There's a lot of good people working hard to put this BBQ together and be there to help someone really down on there luck. Sometimes I wish others could see the good in people as sometimes I do. Then helping those in need would be easier.

I am sorry about this post. I just can't end it on a happy note and really I have tried.

I hope you have a great day and I look forward to seeing you all at the BBQ. At Musgrave Park on the 17th of July from 10am to 4pm.

Thank you again for reading my blog.
Grant the Polite Guy


  1. Hey Grant, don't worry - the ratio of people you will help to con artists is so much in the favour of people you will help it is not worth the angst. But you have got it off your chest and that is good and now you can look forward to Sunday. See you there !!

  2. Hi grant
    Just wondering if there's anything I can do to help, eg setting up or cooking or anything. Please let me know. :)

  3. Grant don't focus on the bad people, they are merely challenges for you to prove how strong you really are! The good people will be there to help you achieve your goal. Promise :)

  4. @littlemisclumsyJuly 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Loving the blog, and what you are doing organising the BBQ.

    I organise an annual dinner for my rugby club (about 100 people) and every year I get stressed and say I'm never going to do it again.

    However on the night when everybody is having a great time and the plan has all come together I'm pleased that I've done it, and happy that I've achieved organising something great.

    I'm sure that will happen to you too.

    I donated a bit of cash to you. Feel free to use it for the BBQ, or anything else you want to use it for.

    Best of luck for Sunday.

  5. Knitting for Brisbanes NeedyJuly 18, 2011 at 7:31 AM


    Yesterday was just such a fantastic day....even though not as many homeless as you had hoped, turned up. But that those who did attend had a good time, were able to get themselves lots of preloved clothing, new handmade knitted/crocheted items, and were well fed.

    You should feel very proud of youself. Thankyou for allowing us to play a small part in the day and we look forward to helping at future events that you put together for the homeless.

    Wishing you a beautiful day, you deserve it, you are such a beautiful person, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you!

    Will come into the city one day and take you out for lunch just to say thankyou for being you!

    Karen, Peter and all members of KNitting for Brisbanes Needy