Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Big Giving Giveaway

I tried a little experiment, something a little different.

You see I have received over 100 (I lost count) emails from people over the past few months who would like me to spend time away from my family and give space on my blog to advertise their products or services, for free. This is nothing new in blogland and happens a gazillion times a day. I have often said yes to such requests. If someone has faith in their product and believes I will really love it, they send it to me and if it’s worth sharing, than I sometimes do.

However, with Christmas approaching the emails started coming in more than usual. I decided that I would have one Christmas giveaway, simply because giveaways are fun, it’s a great way to share little gifts with my readers and I love being able to give stuff to people. But I decided that to be a part of the giveaway the business would have to do three things – they would have to provide me with a sample of the product to review, they would need to offer a product for a reader giveaway and then offer one more version of the product that I will give away to a charity, or a worthy cause or to someone that really needed a hand right now.

So with each email request I received, I replied with what I was doing this year.

But all those businesses that thought I could work for free for them and promote their products through the internets, well, most of them were not feeling so generous themselves and did not want to give something to a charity. 

But I wasn't budging on this one. 

So of all those emails that I sent my reply to, just six, yep 6, were able to join in. The coffee machines and kids toys, the clothing labels and books you might usually see here and not here this time. I also sent the idea to a number of the Public Relations agencies that I have dealt with this year. Pretty much silence from most. Apparently the clients are not interested in this at all.

So. With this in mind. I give you SIX totally wonderful prizes to win, from six businesses that all replied yes within seconds of receiving my email. Each of these products have no problem at all giving to others. 

Each of these businesses actually know what the season is truly about.

So let's get started: 



Tickets to
DISNEY LIVE!


Disney Live is performing around the country and I have TWO family passes to giveaway to one of the following events: 

You can pick the show that suits you, but you MUST be available at the time stated:


·         Perth - Friday Dec 27th, 1pm
·         Melbourne - Friday Jan 10th, 4pm
·         Wollongong - Wednesday Jan 15th, 4pm
·         Adelaide - Sunday Jan 19th, 4pm


Tickets have already been given to a family that I heard about through my work at the hospital, after the nurses told me about one little girl who had four surgeries in one week.

The family passes are worth $154: a family pass includes 4 tickets, please ensure you are available to attend on one of the dates above, just leave me a comment telling me who you would gift a ticket to and you might be going too!



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Battroborg
RRP 99.95
The robots that are the thing to have this Christmas and many of the usual shops have sold out already so this might just be your last chance to get them,

The girls opened the box when these arrived and they were fighting over who got to have them first. Mr H was the winner and got to have the first look at them. 

They are fun. 

They are hard to get decent photos of, so here is a promo image for you. 





Battroborg are a motion controlled  robot. You use your own hands with a wireless remote that puts you in control of the action of your robot and then you battle it out.

Would your kids like these? Got someone that you could give this to for Christmas? They are valued at $99.95 each. Let me know which charity or person you would donate one of these toys to if you would like to win one, and you and they might end up with a Battroborg this Christmas.

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Me and You Book
RRP $77.00



Do you like paper products, do you like the smell when you first open a new notebook? If so, when you open this book up you will be smiling from the inside. I don’t even want to write in this book, I don’t want to wreck its raw beauty, the crisp pages and clean look. It’s the kind of book that I will try to only use my best pen on, that I will sit at my desk and write in and think carefully before I put pen to paper.


This is a book you can buy for yourself or for a gift for another Mum, or for your own. Or win it here. It is $77 (including postage) on the website.
One copy of a Me and You Book has already been donated to the chosen charity of the founder, which is Playgroup Australia. But if you would like to win this book, let me know who you would donate a copy to. 
For more details about this treasure of a book you can see their website. 
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TYPO
Christmas Decorations
Over $100 worth

Each year I buy one really nice Christmas decoration, a little Christmas splurge, I have some special ones from Vienna that mean a lot to me but not to any one else. The girls have made a few that we keep adding to the stash, but there are also a few that just need to go. Typo have put together a sample of goodies to keep my house and my tree looking a bit more swish for 2013.
Each of my remaining two packs include 15 quirky ornaments to decorate your tree, a packet of 'Shake Your Pom Poms' in light pink, 4 packets of " Get Your Pom On" christmas trimming and 2 packets of "Pretty Spesh" glass baubles in glittery hearts. All valued at just over $100!

Tell me who else I should donate a Typo Christmas pack to and you will be in the draw to win them yourself.

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The Killing
Series 1, 2 AND 3.
RRP $99.95


Over at Madman they have DVDs and movies galore. I wasn't sure which DVDs you would all like the best. I couldn't decide what I liked the best. Immy liked My Little Pony.  But I chose The Killing, it is only just out last week so even the person with everything is not likely to have it yet.
I checked it out by searching the hashtag on twitter and saw nothing but positive raving about this show. 

Have you watched it? I have it ready for the end of the silly season when I can sit and not move and watch grown up stuff without any interruptions. 
If you would like to win the box set all three series of The Killing just let me know who else you think I should donate the box set to.
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Catnaps Pj's



Jo From Catnaps was really enthusiastic to get involved and has sent me some items to give away to a charity of my choice, plus these two nighties for Popps and Immy to check out. 
I really love supporting other Mums that start up their own businesses and those that can manage to make it an Australian made garment really impress. Aussie quality is always excellent and catnaps are great products. Get your kids into them. 
If you would like to win let me know who you think I should donate some cat nap items to. You will then be able to pick an item of your choice from the website in any size up to an 8, that suits the little person in your life. 
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Phew. It's a big post to get through even though there are only six items, so here is the summary: 

1) Pick which prize you would most like to win.
2) Leave me a comment telling me which prize it is and which charity/person/organisation you would suggest it was donated to. 
3) Comments open on Wednesday 27 November and close on Friday 6 December 2013. 
4) I will decide on the winner of each item and email you for your details. If you do not reply within 3 days a new winner will be announced. Please include a way to contact you. I will decide separately where each item will be donated to. 
5) You can enter as many times as you like, but each entry must be in a new comment. 
6) Australian residents only
7) Be kind and share this with your friends.


EDIT: THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

57 comments:

  1. You are such a lovely lady! I am going to have a think about this one and get back to you.

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  2. Hmmm The Killing Box Set would be great. I have watched the American version. As for a charity to donate to that's a pretty tough one as it is MA15+ rated. I would think perhaps a local library so they could lend it out or maybe even to a local business who are taking part in the Adopt a Family program and putting together a basket for a family in need. Our work is doing it this year and it is very worthwhile as your gifts go to a local family. I think its lovely what you have done Claire :)

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    1. Congratulations!

      The Killing box set is all yours.

      I will send you an email asap to get your details. Thank you for entering!

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  3. I would most like to win the catnaps pjs, for one of my nieces. I'd choose Berry Street as the charity that I'd suggest they be donated to as they help out lots of kids in need. - I just have to say that you are awesome for doing this.x

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  4. What a great giveaway! I love your touch. Good on all of these companies for participating.

    I'd most like the Disney Live! pass. My 3yo would LOVE the show, and let's face it, so would I! As for who to gift it to, I love your approach. I'd gift it to the Children's Hospital - it's just down the road so I'd actually love to be there when they presented it to a family to see their reaction.

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    1. Get your mickey ears ready Emily, you are off to Disney Live!

      Shall email you tonight!

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  5. Claire - what a genius idea but I'm sad so few PR companies/corporates were keen :(

    I'd love to win the Typo decorations. I didn't start embracing Christmas until last year and now can't get enough (our tree was put up the weekend before last....) and if you were to donate the other pack I'd suggest a hospital with a children's ward. We ended up in Dandenong Hospital (one I'd suggest, or Monash) at the beginning of January so Mr 1 (then) could have a spot of plastic surgery and if it wasn't for the decorations still up, he would've been a very sad and sorry little boy. The nurses on the paediatric ward (and I presume any nurses on any paed ward) were incredible. Some more decos for them would be lovely.

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  6. I would like to enter the comp to win tickets to Disney LIVE but not for me. I would love to give them to my son's school friend Mia who is battling leukaemia. Mia's out of hospital and making her recovery at home and I think this would be a great pick me up for her. I would love for the other tickets to go to Challenge as they do such amazing work.

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    1. Mia's journey can be seen on Facebook at Team Mia - Part 2

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    2. Thank Julie - you are a winner of one of these passes - PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR ADDRESS ASAP - Claireyhewitt AT gmail.com

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  7. Hi Claire
    I can't believe only six companies agreed to this; it just goes to show how unkind some people can be.
    I would like to enter to win the Battroborg as I am sure my children would love it. I would like to see the other given away to the Ronald McDonald House, perhaps patients there could play with it too.
    Many thanks for the opportunity, and Merry Christmas!

    Michelle Vamvas

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  8. Thanks for auch a great giveaway, I love that you have organised to give them to charity too, how fantastic, thank you.
    I would love to win the Batroborg, my son would think it was awesome! I would love one for my kids school, the teachers try and have something special to reward the kids with when they have behaved really well for a set amount of time, I think it would be a fantastic reward and the kids would be crazy good trying to get some time with it!
    galwayst@hotmail.com

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  9. Love Typo, I would to win their pretty things! My daughter and I would have a great time decorating with it. I thinkthe children's hospital at any hospital would be a great place for these to go to.

    galwayst@hotmail.com

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  10. I have just donated a box of gifts to Angels for the Forgotten (Gold Coast) which gives gifts to foster children. I would love to win the kids Catnaps PJ's to go to this charity as well. Thank you for coming up with such a wonderful idea! Monique blog@yourcheekymonkey.com.au

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    1. Hi Monique,
      You are the winner of the Catnap pjs! Shall send you an email asap.

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  11. What a great giveaway! Also, what a shame more companies weren't on board!
    I'd like to win the Battroborg. I have 1 boy and 3 girls, so to have something that interests all of them would be great!
    I'd like to suggest the charity prize goes to St. Kilda Mums, who are a melbourne based charity who collect clothing and toys for families in need. I think this would be a great gift for a family with a few kids to play :)

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  12. I know I'm being greedy by entering twice, but on a selfish note, I'd love to win the You and Me book. As a sahm to 4 kids. I rarely get things so luxurious just for me. I have a serious love of books and stationery :)
    The charity I would donate this to is WDVCS (women's domestic violence crisis services), as I think something so beautiful should be given to these women who have fled from domestic violence. Perhaps the process of writing a journal (in such a gorgeous book!) help the healing process...

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  13. The Battroborg looks like fun and because I am yet to buy my son a Christmas present, this would be my choice please. Ronald McDonald house would be a great place to donate this to, it could stay there and be used by many different families and siblings of ill children who could use a distraction I'm sure. Or if you prefer to donate to an individual child then The Smith family or The Kmart wishing tree distribute toys to children who would normally miss out!
    My email address is ckcampbell@optusnet.com.au
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. The Battroborg is all yours (or your sons anyway)

      Email will be coming your way very soon.

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  14. I would like to win the You and Me book for my beautiful wife Leanne, she has been my rock for the last few difficult years :}
    And for the charity/person of my choice...I like to nominate a Lady here in Ballarat who's tireless efforts go pretty much unrecognized. Kim Quinlan is a Journo/wife/mum and writes for the Ballarat Courier. Of late she has brought the focus of Family Violence and Violence Against Women to the forefront in our community. Her writing has helped reduce the amount of incidents and increased the amount of reported incidents. This is some of Kim's work http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/1930090/white-ribbon-day-bringing-family-violence-into-the-light/?cs=3223
    I don't actually know Kim but I follow her on Twitter, and I'm sure she would like a lovely book such as this one !

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    1. Hi Rod,
      Thanks for entering, you are the winner of the You and Me Book. I will send you an email asap.

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  15. A shame so few companies participated. I'd go the Disney tickets. However, after taking my husband to the last live show he won't be attending this one :-) so the forth ticket is for a little friend who is doing it tough...this would brighten up her world. The charity would have to be Red Kite - this organization is very dear to our families heart. Josephine jkelly@gunz.com.au

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  16. Disney Family pass. I would give the other pass to a friend who has had a shocking year (breast cancer, bag stolen from hospital after op, house burgled and stomach mass removed all whilst raising her beautiful daughter with Down Syndrome) to remind her next year will be better...because it will.
    (Thanks for doing something selfless for charities too. Hopefully those you didn't hear from will have a heavy conscience and help next year.)

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  17. Very disappointing that so many companies would not help out. I wonder how much they earned through you Clairey?
    Anyway, I'd like the Battroborg game to go to the Westmead Children's Hospital. We can never do enough for the sick kids.

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  18. Such a wonderful idea Claire. I'd love to enter for the Disney tickets and nominate any of the prizes to the Westmead Children's hospital. My Miss H was there last year and the staff were just wonderful xx

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  19. I would love the Battroborg for my nephew., Christian.. I can see hours of fun with his friends and giving my sister a bit of break from an illness. Thanks for the chance, Hope your xmas is special ♥

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  20. How great - I really hope you get lots of entries for all your great prizes. Nice to know some people understand the spirit of Christmas. I can't take advantage of any of your prizes but best of luck with it!

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  21. Good idea!! Well done you, all the companies here get an extra space in our collective heart. My twinnies would adore the Battroborg game... and I am mature enough to enter on their behalf... amn't ? Get a grip Smith, yes you are. And the same set would go down well for the Smith Family Toy Appeal... we Smiths stick together.

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  22. THE KILLING TRILOGY would actually be enjoyed by the folks up at any retirement village. It's grown up entertainment and could be watched in episode instalments. Any excuse for a get together & they are all over it. Giving back - love this.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  23. Big hearted you. Well done. That book. Even reading the description brought tears to my eyes. I need that to write my mum's story. Life has its ups and downs and unfortunately we have a down at the moment. Hoping it will be an up again but not sure right now. I would love to donate one to our local hospital. A small country hospital with a maternity wing. Does its very best every day with what little funding it can get. Services a wide area of mummies to be.

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  24. Damn woman, you are awesome. If my name comes up, donate my prize too.

    I love your face off.

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  25. Despite also loving the smell of new books, this time I think I would choose the Catnip pjs, and I'd donate a pair to http://www.thepyjamafoundation.com/

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  26. Brilliant! So admire this, Claire. And kudos to the companies who were agreeable to your (awesome) terms.

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  27. May I just say, what a fantastic idea! Great way to sort through who is worth writing about on the blog and who just wants a freebie without any extra work on their part.

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  28. I'd give Typo gift pack to a local women's refuge or Asylum seekers group (near you)
    What a very nice giveaway and kudos to the companies 'altruism'.

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  29. I'd love to send the Battleborgs to a little six yr old boy who I know through a genetic support group - his parents have been given the shocking news his brain tumour is inoperable and they have only a short time left with their precious boy. I know it isn't toys they want but it might be something he can play with if he becomes less mobile with his sibs and Dad.

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  30. I would love to win the Battroborg Robots for my dad. Yes, my dad. Since he's retired he has become like big kid again, with Nerf gun and water pistol fights with my son happening all the time. And every year he tells us not to spend any money or too much money on him for Christmas (I'm sure it's because he grew up poor in the UK in the 40's & 50's). So every year I try and come up with something unique and useful. I would love to donate the second set to the Smith Family Charities.

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  31. I would love to win Battroborg for my kids so that they can play with it and have lots of fun.

    I would love to give the second set to one old man in our local aged care so that he can gift it to his grandson when his grandson visits him in aged care for Christmas. Many people in aged care are not able to enjoy Christmas to the fullest when they can not buy presents for their loved ones...

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  32. I would love the Typo pack for the homeless drop in centre I volunteer at (The Blue Door run by Vinnies). They don't have much and many of the residents of Ainslie Village where The Blue Door is located have nowhere to go for Christmas, it would be great to cheer it up with these.

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  33. I didn't think it was possible to like someone more, but you are up there for kindness and friendship.
    I would like the Disney Melbourne on Ice tickets I would give my tickets and the donation tickets to two boys, their sister and their mother who unfortunately don't have much as they've recently arrived in Australia from a war torn country. Their father is held in a detention centre and doesn't look like he will be able to join his family for Christmas. I would add some spending money for their day out.

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  34. I would love the Battroborg to add to the games we have at home that we can all play. I would also gift one to The Smith Family for their present drive.

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  35. I would love The Killing Trilogy. Having a bit of difficulty deciding who would most benefit from a donation of these videos but I agree with Mary - perhaps the residents of a retirement home.

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  36. Love the Typo Christmas decorations. And I'm sure the Sydney Childrens Hospital would love them too.

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  37. I love the Typo Decorations. And I'd love to suggest the Blacktown Girls Accomodation Unit (or similar organisations) providing medium term accomodation for homeless teen girls intent on finishing school. Organisations like this don't often get new and exciting things, as funding and budgeting have to be tight, and although the girls come and go something special like this can make their Christmas a little more exciting

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  38. And I have to comment for the Catnap nightwear as well! I'd love to see some head out towards the Ronald McDonald House! Many of the kids there are completely out of their element. Besides being so terribly sick, they often arrive there with little to nothing as they are airlifted out in an emergency. Some lovely, comfortable nightwear can make sleeping in a strange bed in a strange house or hospital a little more tolerable.

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  39. Just want to say how beautifully it reflects on these business's and PR companies that they were happy to engage in such a lovely giveaway format xx

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  40. I love the Catnaps Pj's and think they should be donated to The Smith Family :)

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  41. Battroborg would be much loved at my local Anglicare! They helped me so much, I have donated a few things to them lately...

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  42. Hi Claire, what a wonderful collection you have assembled for this giveaway!
    I would love to win the Typo Christmas Decorations - I promised my princess that she could decorate our tree this year (she is very crafty) and these items would go such a long way in achieving that!
    As for the charity, I would donate to Reach - also all about the kids and doing such great work too!
    Thanks heaps :) Sara (sys_chick311@hotmail.com)

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    1. Hi Sara,
      Thanks for entering, your home will soon be pom pomed! Thanks for entering.
      Email coming your way.

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  43. Catnaps pjs I think it would be awesome to donate them to a children's hospital, these little kids have to spend way too much time in their pjs, at least we could make them really nice ones.

    mogy1808@gmail.com

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  44. I would love the Typo Christmas Pack, I have eyed of a few of there decorations they are very unique and eclectic.
    The Charity I would love this donated to is the Smith Family Christmas Charity Appeal for disadvantaged children http://www.thesmithfamily.com.au They help so many under privileged children
    receive a small gift for Xmas

    sonyablyton@bigpond.com

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  46. Me and You...I too love the smell of a new notebook. I'd suggest this go to a cancer ward where a mother can document some things for a daughter "just in case" they are not around for ever.

    scattley@yahoo.com

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  47. Just such a beautiful idea, Clairey.

    I think the Disney Live tickets would be enjoyed so much by a little old forgotten granny at the old age home. Sadly I don't think it would be too hard to find one :( x

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  48. I would choose the Battroborg and suggest it be donated to princess margaret hospital for thier kids play area because children stuck in hospital need all the cheering up they can get especially at christmas time.

    operationhotmother@hellokitty.com

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