21 Feb Art gallery donates to Creative Centre
Money raised from a successful art auction in Rarotonga earlier this week has been put towards helping people with disabilities.
The Creative Centre, a registered private school for adults with impairments, received a cheque for $1680 yesterday from Beachcomber Contemporary Art (BCA).
An auction at the BCA gallery on Monday night resulted in 11 artists selling 13 pieces, at an average price of about $2000 each.
“As part of that, we agreed to donate 10 per cent of the proceeds to the Creative Centre,” said director Ben Bergman.
Bergman said the gallery has been working with the Creative Centre since 2003.
“The Creative Centre had an art auction which we supported. Since then various artists we have worked with have elected to support the Centre.”
He said the Creative Centre students do a lot of art work as part of their therapy so the pairing is “a natural fit”.
“I very much admire everyone who puts into this very, very worthwhile cause.”
Student Margret Makakea made an impromptu speech to thank Bergman after he handed over the cheque.
“Thank you for bringing the Creative Centre all this money and we thank you for coming here today. I hope you have a lovely day.”
Creative Centre manager Rodger Harkness also expressed his gratitude to BCA.
“We’d have to shut down if we didn’t get these sorts of donations. They’re essential for us to operate.”
The Centre receives funding from the Ministry of Education to cover staff costs but relies on private donations to pay for everything else. Ongoing costs include transporting students to and from the Centre, providing meals and covering electricity bills, Harkness said.
He said the Centre desperately needs regular, consistent donations and he appealed to the corporate sector for help.
“If we had one major corporate sponsor it would take the pressure off.”
Harkness also extended his thanks to two organisations which have made generous donations recently.
The Disability Housie Association donated $6000 and the Titikaveka Cook Islands Christian Church gave about $700.