Art from the Heart
One warmish night in October last year we held our 14th annual Art with Heart charity art show. The night was a huge success with more than 90 pieces of art created, donated and sold to raise money for our friends at local social enterprise; Good Cycles. All-up we raised raised $27,946.07 and last week we whipped down to Good Cycles HQ at Docklands to hand over our XL cheque to Good Cycles founders and all round Good Guys; Luke and Loretta. That’s Luke (the good looking cat on the left), Dave (Truly Deeply Founder and part time painter of things), Loretta (of the boundless positive energy and enthusiasm) and Em (Truly Deeply legend and Art with Heart head honcho) on the end.
Art with Heart is an annual auction of art created and donated by local artists. The idea was thought-up by us 14 years ago as a way to bring together a community that channels our combined creative energy to raise money for good people who do good things for those in need. Dave Ansett has always said; “Those of us who run successful businesses have a responsibility to do something positive with that success for the community we live in. Art with Heart is the thing we do”.
Good Cycles is a non-profit Social Enterprise whose mission is to use bicycles to create meaningful and lasting opportunities for people and communities in need. Good Cycles works with at-risk youth, asylum seekers and other people in the community with significant barriers to employment, engaging them in cycling-based activities – including vocational skills in bicycle maintenance and road safety training – with the end goal of transitioning them into the workforce. Good Cycles supports participants each step of the way, providing introductions to employers and connecting them to their community. Good Cycles run a business that caters to the needs of Melbourne’s commuter cyclists, providing them with super convenient bicycle services right across Melbourne and the profits of this help fund this important community work as a registered charity.
You can find out more, learn how to get involved or donate some readies like we did here: http://www.goodcycles.org