THE ARMIDALE AM Rotary Club and Uniting Church have teamed up to to raise money for the community.
The two groups are collecting pre-loved art from members and the broader community for a raffle to raise money for charity.
Armidale AM Rotary Club member Martin Trotman said that the groups have been collecting art over the last few months.
“Over the last few months we’ve been collecting art that people don’t want at home and we have several hundred pieces there, this will then go up in the Uniting Church hall and be available for sale,” he said.
"There will be some cheaper pieces on sale, the average prices will be around $20 to $30 and some might be a bit more depending on the quality.”
Last year the money was donated to Backtrack Shed in Armidale, a community group that runs a range of programs to help at risk youth.
The event raised more than $3000.
Mr Trotman said it was fantastic to be able to bring new opportunities to people that may not otherwise get them.
“Last year Rotary’s money went to support some of the young fellows that are working out at Backtrack with Bernie Shakeshaft, they then went off to a youth leadership program and that’s where they link in to the event this year,” he said.
“The young men have produced a garden sculpture of an emu out of different metal parts that has been donated as a piece of art to be raffled off this year.”
Mr Trotman said both groups welcome anyone with pre-loved art to donate it to the Armidale Uniting Church hall any morning throughout the week.
“We’d love people to come along on the Friday night or throughout the day on Saturday, it’s great to raise money and last year we were able to support these guys from Backtrack on their leadership program and it gives them an opportunity that they would never have had,” he said.
The event opens October 14 at 6:30pm and artworks will be available on the Saturday from 9am to 3pm and Sunday from 9am to 12pm.
It’s great to raise money and last year we were able to support these guys from Backtrack on their leadership program and it gives them an opportunity that they would never have had.- Martin Trotman
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