Absolutely nothing could have prepared us for tonight.
Amelia's Project had organised to go to our local MacDonalds between 5:30-7:30pm. On a Monday or Tuesday, they will donate 20% of the profits to a set organisation that is pre-booked.
We booked it for May 17th.
We advertised it.
We sold raffle tickets for it, with some amazing prizes to win.
At 5:40pm, the line to order food was 20 metres....... to the door!
The line stayed the same length for well over an hour.
By 6pm it was standing room only to eat.
But I do not care how much money was made.
The love and support in that room for our little girl was indescribable.
I needed to thank everyone in the room, some I was meeting in person for the first time.
Scott felt he needed to do the same.
So many people who have been a part of Amelia's Project and been with us since that horrible week in December, when we found out about Amelia's diagnosis, were emotional.
So many people have made a night like this happen.
So many people have contributed to filling that room with love and empathy.
And Amelia? Well Amelia and Tom thought we were at a huge party. So many friends from different areas of our lives all together.
When I asked Amelia if she had lots of people coming up to say hi she said "yeah........about 700!"
The MacDonalds staff were fantastic.
Apparently some of them were working for free.
They just wanted to contribute to the night.
The Managers collected $220 amongst themselves as a donation to the cause.
But their surprise shocked us all. They have never, ever seen a night like it. They said no other night has ever come anywhere near the amount of people as tonight.
MacDonalds had organised a local newspaper to come and take pictures.
Tomorrow we will find the amount raised and how many people actually came.
But the overwhelming support tonight will never be beaten.
Scott had to carry Amelia out at the end. She could barely talk or walk.
And as I sit here typing with tears streaming down my face, I thank each and every one of you.
Be proud of what you have all achieved.
I am proud to be friends with each and every one of you.