Spe­cial bond in­spires artist

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

AB­BI­GAIL Gard­ner says she loves her Aunty Pippa’s art­work.

Pippa Newby, of North Perth, said it was her love for her 11-year old niece, who is pro­foundly deaf and has autism, which in­spired her lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion LAND­marks.

The unique draw­ings and paint­ings of ar­chi­tec­ture will fea­ture at the Boule­vard Cen­tre in Floreat un­til late July, with funds raised go­ing to the WA Foun­da­tion for Deaf Chil­dren (WAFDC).

“She’s so spe­cial and she’s been through a lot, but she’s man­aged to de­velop and over­come a lot of prob­lems with her deaf­ness and other health prob­lems,” Ms Newby said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion’s open­ing night is June 3 at 6pm and one of the works will be up for auc­tion.

Bids will be or­gan­ised prior to the event.

Ab­bi­gail’s mother Chantelle said the money raised would help her daugh­ter and oth­ers in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

“It’s been re­ally hard and it’s hard for her be­cause even with bi­lat­eral cochlea im­plants she is still deaf and she still misses a lot of what goes on,” she said.

WAFDC com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Roz Luce said she was de­lighted by the sup­port.

“The funds raised from the LAND­marks ex­hi­bi­tion will be used to pro­vide chil­dren with hear­ing loss an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the in­au­gu­ral WAFDC fo­rum dur­ing Hear­ing Aware­ness Week in Au­gust this year,” Ms Luce said.

“The youth fo­rum will give young peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to share their achieve­ments and de­velop new skills.”

Call 9328 1010 or email pip­newby@hot­mail.com.

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