Wow, what a day!
It was one of the most incredible experiences ever!
The event started inside the main lobby/entrance place of the cinema, and we spent an hour or so taking photos with the teams and stuff like that!
The teams who were there were:
Lucy & Emilia
Michelle & Jo
Paul & Steve
James & Sarah
Ross & Tarryn
Kym & Donna
Richard & Joey
I enlisted the help of my
to take photos of me with everyone. Got a group photo with most of the teams, and individual photos with most of the teams!
I have to say that Richard & Joey were so nice!
Had a conversation with them for a couple of minutes - Joey asked me if I had cheered for them on Season 1, and I told them that they were my favourite team - which is true, although they are my equal favourites along with Sam & Renae.
Joey's hair has grown back!!!
Paul spent most of the time lifting/carrying/lugging/using as weights most people for photographs.
I also have to say that the racers are REALLY TALL in real life! I felt like the Charla of the group taking most of those photos!
If I'm ever on TAR, when they take that group photo at the Starting Line, I will be for sure sitting down on the front row!
Lucy is so much taller than I thought!!!!!
Then after all of that fun, we went in to the movie theatre and Lucy & Emilia welcomed everyone and we got the episode up on screen and watched it. Such a surreal experience to be watching a TAR episode on the big screen!
Then after it was over, all the teams came up down the front - my sister and I were seated in the front row, which was awful during the episode (staring all the way up at the screen
) but it was perfect at the end!
So Lucy & Emilia started asking questions to the teams - the questions had been asked on Facebook. And surprise, surprise, I hear my name called out for the very first question,
and my question that I had posted on Facebook read: "I had a question for the amazing Ross & Tarryn (hope I'm not too late) - If Lucy & Emilia had beaten Paul & Steve to that very first Pit Stop, would you guys have used the Salvage Pass to save Paul & Steve? I'm just really curious...
So Emilia passed the microphone over to Ross who said, without even thinking about it "THEY WERE GONE!"
And then Lucy & Emilia - being the amazing people that they are - asked Paul & Steve, "And how does that make you feel?"
Steve says, "Pretty good."
Then we went on to some other questions from various people, and someone had asked James & Sarah about what they had packed and what they wish they had packed. So James started talking and tells us that in addition to her own bag, two thirds of his own bag was filled with Sarah's belongings.
And then Sarah starts talking - talks for about half an hour
- and then she says that she had taken FIFTEEN pairs of HEELS on the race!
And then she says that she had taken ONE runner - not one pair of runners, just the one individual runner!
Then someone asked Jeff from Season 1 about how they had coped with returning home after the race. Jeff is just so funny! He talked about how it was so difficult not to talk about it and stuff, but he said "You can get through anything with psychiatric help!"
So then after heaps more questions - they pulled out some raffle tickets which various people won. No luck for me!
And then they wrapped it all up, revealing that they had raised no less than $8,000 total across both this event and their last one!
I'm so happy that the event was such a success and for such a great cause!
Then, after it was over, I really wanted photos with Lucy & Emilia, because I had failed to get one before since they were surrounded by mobs of people!
So I managed to get to Lucy and my
photographer took the photo and then, out of the blue, Lucy asks me, "Do you have any idea about who 'racer' is on that spoiler site?"
I'm like, "Yeah, that's me!"
Out of all the people in that cinema that she could have asked!
Turns out that they have been reading and loving everything here on RFF, and Lucy told me that she absolutely loves reading all of our spoilering and all of our comments here!
I was really stunned! She gave a big hello to everyone here!
Then I also took a photo with Emilia and then I was out of there!
Such an awesome day! It was so awesome! Hopefully I can get some pics up later - I might post them on my Facebook.
That's enough of my rambling for now!
I just loved it! One of the best nights ever!