Quite a few years ago now I reached out to the strata community and asked for help. My wonderful friend Jay, who is physically disabled needed to repair his mobility scooter and the cost was beyond his means. This was before the days of the NDIS. With reluctance, he started a fundraiser through Go Fund Me. The strata sector, you amazing people, pulled together and the funds raised were enough for Jay to purchase a new (well second hand but great condition) scooter. You helped give him back his freedom.
Well, it’s 2018, and Jay is giving back (I mean, he has before now as well, but you get the circle I am painting here). To The Black Dog Institute, an organisation with a focus on helping men with depression and other mental health conditions. Their work is so vital, with death by self-harm being the tenth most common cause of death among men.
Jay has kindly created beautiful digital artworks, around an Alice in Wonderland theme for our annual charity party being held THIS Friday, 7 December 2018. He refused payment and instead requested that a donation be made to The Black Dog Institute. Christmas time is a particularly difficult time for people suffering depression. Women in Strata have gladly made this donation. If you would like to contribute also you can do so here.
You can check out Jay’s amazing and varied digital arts at his Facebook page – This He(ART) of mine. I must admit, I am lucky to be gifted Jay’s art for special occasions and LOVE how beautiful this work looks in print.
You can still follow us down the rabbit hole this Friday. Food, fun and frivolity will be in abundance as we celebrate 2018 and support Share the Dignity. There are just a handful of places available, you can register by clicking here.
AND our mentoring program applications are open for another two weeks. You can apply through our mentoring page by clicking here. We’re delighted with the number of applications received to date from both committed mentees and amazing mentors and we look forward to this program being a game changer.
Hope to you see you all on Friday.
If you or someone you know is in crisis please call one of the following national helplines;
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467