Fifteen artists have created works for a charitable event called Picture a Cure, which runs until the end of the month at the Red Art Gallery.
One of the artworks for sale is the 2012 Best on Canvas winner from the Sidney Fine Art Show.
In addition to the art, there will be a range of items up for auction, including a classic 1988 Mercedes-Benz 300E, a private catered dinner party for six and a dog lovers’ package.
All of the proceeds from the auction and a third of the art sales will be donated to three local charities: Multiple Sclerosis, Leukemia/ Lymphoma and the Victoria Women’s Transition House.
Items will be on view between noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at the gallery, 2033 Oak Bay Ave. For more information, go to redartgallery.ca.
Concert off Africa set for Mercy Ship
A local music producer will get a chance to perform in Africa next week. But the stage won’t be in a music hall, it will be on the Africa Mercy, the world’s biggest hospital ship, which is currently in Guinea.
Maria Manna works part-time as an event co-ordinator and spokesperson for Mercy Ships Canada, a charity that operates a 500-foot-long hospital ship staffed by medical professionals. Over the years, the charity, which has offices in 16 countries, has performed more than 61,000 operations — from cleft lip and palate repairs to cataract removal and lens implants. The ship’s outreach service has treated more than 500,000 patients in village clinics.
With her musical background, Manna has been asked to put on a concert for both the 450 volunteers on the ship and the patients in their care. She will perform songs in three different genres — jazz, blues and gospel.
People can help by sponsoring her performance. The concert will also be videotaped and photographed, with a CD made for eventual sale. For more information, go to mercyships.ca.
Burger & Beer night to aid ailing boy, 11
Friends and co-workers are rallying to help a single mother after her 11-year-old son was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
The Loghouse Pub and Liquor Store, where Sarah Cunard works, will hold a Burger & Beer night to raise money to help cover medical and travel expenses as her son Brett receives treatment at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Organizers of the fundraiser are hoping businesses and individuals will come forward to donate single prizes or gift baskets for a silent auction.
The event starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Loghouse Pub, 2323 Millstream Rd. Tickets are $20 each.
Donations can also be made directly to the Brett’s Fight fund: Account name: Sarah Cunard; Trust Account: Island Savings, 2917 Jacklin Rd.
For details, contact Candace Bitonti at 250-474-1989 ext. 203 (pub manager) or Amanda Carter, 250-213-9285. For more information, go to loghousepub.com.
Buy paper ‘eggs’ for Easter Seals
Enjoy Easter eggs guilt-free and support the Easter Seals at the same time. From now until the end of the month, paper Easter Seals eggs will be for sale at retailers across Vancouver Island.
For a $2 donation, customers can write their name on a paper egg to show support for Easter Seals Houses and Camps in British Columbia. All funds raised locally stay on the Island in support of Easter Seals programs — Camp Shawnigan for children with disabilities and Easter Seals House in Victoria.
The eggs can be found at branches of Money Mart, London Drugs, The Bargain Shop and Booster Juice.
For more information, visit lionsbc.ca.
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