On­line art auc­tion for char­ity

Waikato News - - Front Page - Ge­off Lewis

Two high-pro­file Waikato sports peo­ple, and the man who’s in­spi­ra­tion for the Rock Hor­ror Pic­ture Show sprang from Hamil­ton, will be among 18 celebrity artists who have con­trib­uted to an on­line celebrity art auc­tion to help sup­port the work of Par­ent to Par­ent.

Richard O’Brien, who lived in Hamil­ton in the 1950s and went on to cre­ate the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned mu­si­cal The Rocky Hor­ror Show, has pro­vided an art work for Par­ent to Par­ent’s celebrity auc­tion.

“Th­ese doo­dles were drawn for fun. My hope is that oth­ers find them ap­peal­ing and with this fundraiser in mind.

“I’m 75, and a doo­dler’s work tends to in­crease in value once the doo­dler has shuf­fled off to doo­dler’s heaven.”

Aaron Flem­ing is a nine-time in­ter­na­tional Iron­man ath­lete and pre­vi­ous New Zealand Am­bas­sador for the Olympic Games. He is also a pop­u­lar and in­spi­ra­tional mo­ti­va­tional speaker, pre­sen­ter and MC who has spo­ken to schools and busi­nesses around New Zealand.

“My in­spi­ra­tion comes from not let­ting ad­ver­sity hold me back from dream­ing big. As a proud New Zealan­der this is some­thing that is im­por­tant to me and I hope my art work en­cour­ages oth­ers.”

Par­ent to Par­ent’s Pa­tron is Olympian and marathon row­ing cham­pion Rob Hamill, whose achieve­ments in­clude win­ning the in­au­gu­ral At­lantic Row­ing Race then man­ag­ing two suc­cess­ful de­fences of the event. Rob has di­rected sev­eral ex­pe­di­tions, the lat­est planned be­ing a trek to the South Pole.

Rob is a mo­ti­va­tional speaker, event pro­moter, ad­ven­turer, au­thor and dad to three boys.

Art work has also been sup­plied by chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ers Kath Bee, Suzy Cato, Clau­dia Gunn and Itty Bitty Beats, TV per­son­al­ity and politi­cian Ta­mati Cof­fee, Life FM and Ra­dio Rhema hosts, crick­eters Chris Martin and Dion Nash, sports com­men­ta­tor and net­ball player Ber­nice Mene, for­mer Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and politi­cian Greg O’Con­nor and award-win­ning singer song writer Anna van Riel.

Work­ing with chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies, Par­ent to Par­ent’s core ser­vices in­clude par­ent con­nec­tion, re­search and in­for­ma­tion, work­shops for par­ents new to the world of dis­abil­ity and the SibSup­port pro­gramme for the broth­ers and sis­ters of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

As the only or­gan­i­sa­tion in New Zealand of­fer­ing th­ese ser­vices, and with de­mand for them in­creas­ing ev­ery year, Par­ent to Par­ent gains about half of its fund­ing from fund-rais­ing, spon­sor­ship and do­na­tions.

The celebrity art auc­tion is its first na­tional fundraiser in two years.

■ Search for ‘Celebrity Art Auc­tion’ on trademe.co.nz if you’re keen to bid for one of the art­works.

Cre­ator of the Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show Richard O’Brien pro­duced this art­work.

By row­ing cham­pion Rob Hamill.

By iron­man Aaron Flem­ing.

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