Artists take a stand

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Art is help­ing to give peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to stand.

An auc­tion called Stand­ing with Courage raised more than $1000 for a spe­cial­ist stand­ing frame for San­dring­ham’s Iris Health Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on May 24.

Now the fundrais­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion that ran the auc­tion, We’ll Make Cents, is look­ing to reach the $8000 goal the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre needs to pur­chase the frame.

IRIS Health Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of­fers a range of ther­a­pies for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity, health con­cern or who are re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury.

We’ll Make Cents di­rec­tor Mar­garet Alden says she was de­lighted with the art­works re­ceived from artists and com­mu­nity art trust Toi Ora for the auc­tion.

‘‘A frame helps to strengthen the body and as­sist in the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion process,’’ Ms Alden says.

‘‘It’s about in­creas­ing con­fi­dence as much as body strength and help­ing peo­ple have a more ac­tive role in the com­mu­nity.’’

Labour Party leader David Shearer was among the win- ning auc­tion bid­ders on the night.

Art­works not sold at auc­tion are avail­able to view by ap­point­ment at IRIS Health Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, 13 Coyle St, San­dring­ham, or on­line.

Con­fi­dence boost: We’ll Make Cents di­rec­tor Mar­garet Alden and Labour Party leader David Shearer boost an art auc­tion rais­ing funds for a spe­cial­ist stand­ing frame.

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