We are delighted to announce that our annual charity event, Art with Heart 2018 raised $13,407.25 for StartOut, a local health promotion charity providing regional outreach and mentorship programmes for young people of diverse sexuality and gender (DSG).
Through funds raised, StartOut will be able to pay for the training of additional mentors for its online mentoring program. Providing real role models and mentors to help young DSG reach their potential while reducing the preventable burden of poor mental health, the service provides support to those who might otherwise feel they have no one in the world they can talk to.
“We are so thankful to the Truly Deeply team and community for supporting StartOut,” says StartOut founder Brendan White. “Yesterday’s University of Sydney research unfortunately shows that people of diverse sexuality and gender are greatly affected by mental health issues. We want to be a force for good providing support and building confidence and resilience. The donation from Truly Deeply’s Art with Heart auction will allow us to reach more people who need support, especially in regional and rural Australia.”
Truly Deeply’s Michael Hughes presents the BIG cheque to StartOut’s Brendan, Aaron and Andrew
(L-R) Renee Blakeley, Derek Carroll, Michael Hughes, Brendan White, Aaron Best, Andrew Pankevicius, Hannah Guilford, Louise Sully and David Ansett
Art with Heart 2018 saw the agency’s South Melbourne studio transform into a one-night-only art show featuring 76 pieces donated by 32 artists.
The team at Truly Deeply combine their skills and efforts to create this event with a new charity selected each year, based on staff vote.
As a brand strategy and design agency, our best resource is creativity. Art with Heart launched in 2002 as a way to combine our creative talents as brand designers with a belief that we should each play a part in making the world better.
Since Art with Heart began, Truly Deeply has raised nearly $360,000 for local charities, including: Bicycle education and bicycles for asylum seekers, a year-long dance program for 20 kids with Down syndrome 335 swags for homeless people.
Of course, we couldn’t have raised anything without our generous sponsors who donates their products and services in support of the event.
Mystery Envelope and Silent Auction donors
Comics Lounge Comedy Club
Made In Japan
Melbourne Firebrick Company
Michael Strugnell Hair
Naked Bamboo Clothing
Revolution Personal Training
And to the wonderful and talented artists who donated their time and materials to this worthy cause, the show was truly yours.