It’s been such a great week! Ever since I created a profile on the SALA website my email accounts have been busy.
One particularly exciting email was from the lovely people at Uptogether Healthcare, a disability services provider based in Adelaide’s southern regions. They have recently expanded into McLaren Vale and have brand new premises that they thought needed a lift, so they decided to ask some local artists to hang their works there. As Shirley Coleman, one of the directors, explained to me, it's also about building connections and becoming part of the local community.
Seeing my name on the SALA website, Shirley got in touch and invited me to take part. Last Saturday Malinda and I made our way to Uptogether's McLaren Vale premises to hang some works. We then enjoyed the great pleasure of meeting Shirley face to face, and she introduced us to their other director, Sharon Storr. They were both so friendly and fun!
We wish Uptogether every success as they start their McLaren Vale journey, supporting people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest.
By the way, part of the deal is that 10% of the proceeds of sale of artworks will be donated to OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. According to their website, OzHarvest's mission is 'to "Nourish our Country" by stopping good food from going to waste and delivering it to charities that help feed people in need'.