Art auc­tion for key cause

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

The Frank Konecny art and craft group, Friends of Frank, will hold an art auc­tion later this month to raise funds for those af­fected by de­pres­sion and sui­cide.

The group will be show­cas­ing and sell­ing more than 60 com­pleted and framed 5D di­a­mond paint­ing art pieces to raise aware­ness and funds for beyondblue.

Auc­tion or­gan­iser Inger Ward said the group was prompted to or­gan­ise the fundraiser af­ter her 13-year-old son, Thomas, shared some sta­tis­tics he had come across about sui­cide while re­search­ing a school project.

Ac­cord­ing to beyondblue, sui­cide is the lead­ing cause of death for Aus­tralians aged be­tween 15 and 44, with about 3000 peo­ple dy­ing by sui­cide every year — an av­er­age of eight peo­ple each day.

“The dis­cus­sion and thoughts for all the fam­i­lies, friends and work mates af­fected by these recorded sui­cides each week in Aus­tralia prompted the group to or­gan­ise a fundraiser,” Mrs Ward said. “Sadly, upon shar­ing the idea to the group, it was re­vealed that some of the ladies . . . them­selves have been through the pain of los­ing a loved one or friend to sui­cide.”

The auc­tion will be held at Rock­ing­ham Arts Cen­tre and will run from May 23-26, 10am-4pm each day. Any­one who can­not make the auc­tion but would like to do­nate can visit https://beyondblue-in­di­vid­ual.ev­ery­day­ friends-of-frank-s-5d-di­a­mond­paint­ing-art-auc­tion.

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Friends of Frank's Art and Craft Group Linda Mad­docks, Glo­ria Con­nelly, Lia Erends and Yvonne Ben­nett will auc­tion their art­work later this month to raise funds and aware­ness for beyondblue.

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