$20K donation a big boost for local foundation
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.