Bendigo identities get arty for Vision Australia

BENDIGO personalities have been brushing up on their artistic skills for Vision Australia’s Celebrity Art Show Auction on Friday. 

Local identities such as Glenn Riley from Riley’s Electrical, Ross Lougoon from Connor Park Winery, radio presenters Beck Chalmer and Al Shields, and Bendigo Advertiser editor Rod Case have all been busy using their skills to create a one-off piece of art. 

The art show is held every two years, and artwork is auctioned to help raise money for Vision Australia Bendigo. 

Mr Lougoon said he had been a part of the fundraiser since it began. 

“I have been involved with the Vision celebrity art show since its inception but am usually found pouring wine behind the bar,” he said.

“But this year was a new challenge in creating a painting for the auction.” 

Mr Lougoon said he hoped his painting would fetch at least $1000 for Vision Australia. 

He said he drew inspiration from his late mother and a combination of other things.  

“I have never painted before but I have always had a go at things,” Mr Lougoon said.  

Vision Australia Bendigo team manager Ruth O’Connell hopes Friday’s event will raise $15,000. 

“We usually get around $15,000 and I hope we get every bit as close to that again this year,” she said. “The money goes to all the services that we provide here in Bendigo.

“It will go into mobility training, assistive technology, which teaches people how to use the computer, plus a lot of kids’ programs as well. 

“(The auction) has been very successful previously and we’re expecting approximately 300 people to attend this year’s event.”

Friday’s auction will be held at the All Seasons Hotel at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $25 and are still available. For more information, contact Vision Australia Bendigo on 5445 5700.

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