Bear’s Big Day Out
Life is a journey,
As somebody once said,
Some of us smell the roses,
While others race ahead,
Today is a day of reflection,
Of loving, of giving, of care,
On this special Anzac Day,
That we’ve dedicated to Bear.
Bear’s Big Day Out,
Is a result of many hands,
The more of life we experience,
The more each of us understands,
That, yes, our life is precious,
We don’t know where it ends,
But, the ride of all our lifetimes,
Is made better with great friends.
And, today, has been selected,
As a special day of care,
To highlight one big bastard,
The ever-loving Bear.
Most of us will know him,
From our love of playing bowls,
But, there’s so much more to Chris O ‘Meagher,
Than ever could be told.
Bear has been adept,
At many different sports,
Lacrosse, yes, many sorts.
And, in Bear’s interactions,
In his many walks of life,
He has so many mates,
Not least of all, Shirley, his wife.
The backing of Bear’s family,
His Mum, Dad, Elai, Chris, Andrew, Neil, Monika & Michael,
Has been a massive comfort,
As Bear battles through the cycle.
Of treatment for his illness,
The big C, the terrible cancer,
While each of us would love to eliminate it,
We don’t quite have the answer.
But, today, we all attempt,
To give all that we can,
As a mark of respect and love,
For this mountain of a man.
And, if our love was a healer,
Bear would be all cured,
So, know that we all love you Bear,
Of that, you are assured.
We’ve been with you through the battle,
In many different ways,
The culmination of efforts,
Is this most special of days.
But, the care isn’t just today,
We also have a fight!
Young Matty Ellul, on the 29th of June,
Is going to be punching cancer with all his might!
Yes, Matt has been in training,
Getting punched around the ring,
Another example of love & care,
And giving his everything.
So, thanks to you all here,
We each make a small fragment,
Of the love that’s there for Bear,
From those present & also absent.
Special thanks must go,
To those who have contributed,
And all of you for your dress up!
Good to see you aren’t inhibited!
To the 2 Bowling Clubs,
Melbourne & St Kilda,
Thank you both for hosting,
And helping us to build a,
Successful, collaborative effort,
That we’d love to do next year,
That’s our ultimate intention,
To see you all back here!
Special mention goes,
To Michael, Bear’s number one,
The main impetus of this day,
Of bowls, beers, caring & fun!
And, in no particular order,
A massive group thanks goes,
To the following for their assistance,
More than many of us knows.
Michael, Monika, and
The whole Bear Clan,
Shane Fordham, Rick Lawler, Jason Kuiti,
Matty Ellul, our boxing man!
Macca from Toorak, for the printing,
Bear’s family for the food,
To all those who helped out & dressed up,
To really set the mood.
To St Kilda’s President, Dan Manger,
And to Ewen Wilson, The President of Melbourne, Go Dees!
Thanks for the use of the bowls clubs,
It’s made that part a breeze!
To the whole bowls community,
You all know who you are,
A big thanks goes to everyone,
Any takers for a Matty Ellul spar?
Thanks to AFB,
St Kilda’s Andrew Fowler-Brown,
For the artwork & donations a plenty,
Working tirelessly in the countdown.
And thanks, of course, to Bear,
Yes, I know, not for getting sick,
But, for bringing so many together,
The spirit of the day to make it stick.
So, enjoy the day together,
And hats off to you all,
Thanks for your contributions,
No matter how large or small.
Your help, love and mere presence,
Shows just how much we care,
Raise a drink & here’s cheers from everyone,
To our dear mate, here’s to Bear!
Click here to see Justin reading his poem