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Turning art into Christmas cheer

26 November 2018

A group of aged care residents have turned one of their favourite past-times into a fundraising activity to help support their fellow residents. 

Artwork created by nine residents and one staff member from St Vincent’s Care Services facilities during Christmas in July art activities earlier this year has been turned into stunning Christmas cards. 

The project was inspired by a similar activity the organisation ran in 2017, with this year’s project expanding to include more designs and taking on a philanthropic focus. The proceeds from each pack sold will go directly to a local St Vincent’s Care Services facility, to purchase equipment for resident Leisure and Lifestyle activities. 

Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent’s Care Services, Lincoln Hopper, said the project was an inspiring way to not only raise funds to support residents, but also to showcase the depth of talent and abilities found in the aged care facilities.

“This is the second year we have invited residents to submit artwork for our corporate Christmas cards, and just like last year we were blown away by the talent shown by our residents.

“What’s astounding is for many of these residents, painting and art is only a recent new hobby, which just goes to show you are never too old to find a new skill,” Mr Hopper said.

Each card design includes a photo of the artist, along with a short biography and their favourite Christmas memory. 

Packs of 10 cards can be purchased for $12 from your local St Vincent’s Care Services facility, or from www.svcs.org.au/fundraise