Bendigo artists donate their work for charity auction

THE final touches for tonight’s Vision Australia Celebrity Art Show are being put in place. 

Bendigo personalities have been busy creating one-of-a-kind artworks that will be auctioned off for Vision Australia. 

Local identities, such as Natalie Stanway from the National Bank, ABC central Victoria presenter Gaelle Broad and Rebecca Flood from bankmecu, have been brushing up on their creative skills to produce a piece of art. 

The art show is held every two years and all money raised from the event goes toward Vision Australia services in Bendigo. 

Vision Australia team manager Ruth O’Connell said the art show was one of their major fundraisers for the year. 

“While Vision Australia does get some funding, we do rely heavily on fundraising to provide our services,” she said.

Ms O’Connell is hoping to raise up to $15,000 at the auction. She said the money would be used to provide services for vision impaired or blind people throughout the region.

“We have quite a number of kids’ programs and young adult programs,” Ms O’Connell said. 

“Often the people in these groups are totally blind or severely vision impaired and the need for them to learn is greater.” 

Ms O’Connell said there would be a range of artwork up for auction. “All of the pieces are different; we have abstract, landscapes, inspirational and comical pieces.”

One piece created by a representative from the Fosterville Gold Mine is painted with gold flakes. 

Budding artist Rebecca Flood from bankmecu said her painting took two days to complete and she had never painted before. 

“I don’t paint as a hobby but I do like creating things,” she said.

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