$20K do­na­tion a big boost for lo­cal foun­da­tion

Myrtleford Times - - News -

THE po­ten­tial for the lo­cal com­mu­nity foun­da­tion, ‘Into Our Hands’ to con­tinue post the 10 year an­niver­sary of the 2009 Black Satur­day bush­fires was sig­nif­i­cantly boosted ear­lier this month when a part­ner­ship between Abo­rig­i­nal Ex­hi­bi­tions Gallery at Ruther­glen Es­tates and Into Our Hands Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion was an­nounced.

The part­ner­ship marks the largest in­di­vid­ual do­na­tion for the Foun­da­tion since it was formed in 2012.

Hans Sip, di­rec­tor of Abo­rig­i­nal Ex­hi­bi­tions Gallery will donate pro­ceeds from the sale of 99 lim­ited edi­tions prints of the orig­i­nal paint­ing in his col­lec­tion, The Kanat­gurk and the Crow painted by em­i­nent Aus­tralian Indige­nous artists Billy Doolan, val­ued at over $14,000.

Painted fol­low­ing Black Satur­day Bush­fires in 2009, the paint­ing de­picts a fire dream­ing and the story of how the crow turned black and its role as the maker and keeper of fire.

“When I heard about Into Our Hands, it was a nat­u­ral fit. We had a paint­ing com­mis­sioned for an event at Mel­bourne Town Hall af­ter Black Satur­day in 2009 and Billy and I wanted to see it used to help raise funds for com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by Bush­fire,” Mr Sip said.

“This part­ner­ship has great tim­ing be­cause it re­minds us around the an­niver­sary of the fires and the sto­ries sur­round­ing them, but it’s also a great op­por­tu­nity to sell the prints to con­tinue the com­mu­nity sup­port that Into Our Hands Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has been pro­vid­ing.”

Into Our Hands Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Sarah Thomp­son, said the board were thrilled with the part­ner­ship and hoped that it could demon­strate to other lo­cal busi­nesses how phi­lan­thropy and busi­ness can work to­gether for com­mu­nity out­comes.

“We are over­joyed with the do­na­tion and what it means for the Foun­da­tion,” she added.

“Hans and his team have some great ideas and vi­sion for the com­mu­nity and Into Our Hands Foun­da­tion is work­ing lo­cally across Alpine , In­digo and Wan­garatta ar­eas to demon­strate the value of phil­an­thropic part­ner­ships for lo­cal busi­nesses and in­dus­try.

“Giv­ing lo­cally can im­prove your brand value, and em­ployee and con­sumer sat­is­fac­tion be­cause cus­tomers know that when they sup­port your busi­ness they are also sup­port­ing the broader com­mu­nity.”

TO P ART:Into OurHands Com m unity Foun­da­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cerSarah Thom pson and di­rec­to­rofA­bo­rig­i­nalEx­hi­bi­tions Gallery Hans Sip with one ofthe lim ited edi­tion prints ofThe Kanat­gurk and the Crow painted by artistBilly Doolan.

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