Art Show / Silent Auction for the Gentle Hands Building Expansion Project in Manila, Philippines

Gentle Hands is a child welfare and intervention agency based in Manila, Philippines. They are on the front lines of rescue and rehabilitation, providing for medical, social and  educational needs of at-risk youth and children. They work towards improving human community through the love of God and community centered care.

I might add that Gentle Hands is one of 5 agencies that now do foster care forchildren to be placed in temporary homes while waiting for adoptive parents. They are the only agency in Manila openly accepting children with special needs or terminal illness' requiring hospice care.

I have deep connections to the Philippines...not only have my husband's parents been humanitarian workers there for 25 years, but both of our children were born there when we also lived  there for 6 years (1996-2001).

As a family we have decided to leave our comfortable Canadian-style and go back to the Philippines, and work with Gentle Hands. It was started in 1987 by my motherinlaw as a midwifery clinic for the urban poor. In 2003 it evolved into what it is today.

We plan to move back by the end of this year. Yes..we have a lot to do before then. One of the things I wanted to put together before we moved there was an art show/silent auction where all profits would go to the Gentle Hands Building Expansion Project.

They are currently at full capacity and need to build onto their current building. They have been able to buy the lot beside them but now they are just waiting to raise the funds to actually start building.

How amazing would it be for us to be able to raise enough money for them to  begin this project, or even finish the expansion?

Initially I was going to do a solo-type art show, as I have travelled lots and could do an assortment of different pieces. Then when a fellow photographer in the industry said they would love to donate a piece of his art for the show, something sparked in my cool would it be to get LOTS of photographers and artists together to showcase their donated pieces and raise monies for this event??

I have decided that the more people willing and able to give, the greater this event can and will be.

The dates we are looking at is either the weekend of the 15th of October 2010 or the weekend of the 22nd of October 2010.

The dates were chosen for October as it's just after the rush of back to school, wedding season for most wedding creatives is slowing down and before Christmas shopping really gets underway...what great gifts these pieces would make.

The venue is still not secured. We would ideally love a venue to sponsor the event by us being able to utilize their space for no cost.

The guest would purchase tickets for this event. We would have an early-bird fee of $20 and a last minute rate of $25. The proceeds of these ticket costs would cover the appetizers and drinks that would be served throughout the evening. Any other profits from the tickets would go directly to the Gentle Hands Building Project.

A side note: Gentle Hands is registered in Canada as a non-profit organization. Any monies given to Gentle Hands will be tax receipted.

I grew up in Vancouver and on the I'm a west coast girl at heart. After my husband and I got married, we moved overseas to the Philippines where I was a lay midwife with my motherinlaw at her clinic, Gentle Hands, which was then a lying-in clinic. We moved back to Vancouver in 2007 from being in rural Saskatchewan for 5 years where I started my photography business (2003).

In that time i have been able to involved in the photography industry here in Vancouver. In August 2008, a fellow photographer and i began a community where Wedding Photographers can network with each other. There is currently 250+ members and the group continues to be a valuable asset to the Wedding Photography industry here in Vancouver.

I am excited for our was a family decision, as we have two kids, ages 8 and 12.
who are looking forward to being with their cousins and grandparents, as well as being a part
of the work at Gentle Hands.

If you are a photographer or creative, I would love for you to consider donating a piece of your work to the art show auction.

If you are a venue, I would love to be able to secure your location for one of the dates I mentioned. Or if you know how to help us secure a venue, your help and information would be invaluable.

If you would like to sponsor directly to Gentle Hands, that would most certainly be  appreciated.

I look forward to collaborating with you for this Art Show.

Also if you know of anyone who you  may think would be interested in partnering with us for this event, please feel free to forward them this email.

If you have any questions, email me.

For the love of the poor,
Tracey, on behalf of Gentle Hands

tracey heppner

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The existing building of Gentle Hands on the right. 
The proposed Building Expansion to be built on to the left side of existing building.

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textile junkie, writing her way through life... said...

I'd love to participate somehow! What sort of art pieces are you looking for? Unfortunately I don't have a venue to speak of. :)

tracey said...

anything auctionable..
yes.. :)done by local artists preferrably!

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