Original artwork raises more than $15,500 in support of kidney disease research
FREDERICTON, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Kidney Foundation in collaboration with
UPS Canada worked together to help raise funds for kidney research. A Brush
of Hope is a fundraising event where Canadian celebrities paint original
pieces of art which are then put up for auction. This year's celebrity
artists included: Leonard Cohen, Biff Naked, Tegan Quin of Tegan & Sara,
Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac, Alannah Myles, Mike Smith "Bubbles" of
Trailer Park Boys, Jayne Eastwood and Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
"It is with the support of UPS Canada, our Canadian celebrities and the
contributions and donations from people around the world that we are one step
closer to finding a cure for kidney disease," says Linda Garwood, The Kidney
Foundation Office Manager.
The Canadian celebrities' masterpieces were on display at various galleries in
Atlantic Canada from October 18- 28. Residents in Saint John and
Fredericton, NB and St. John's, NFLD were able to view them in person. Those
who were unable to attend the galleries could see and bid on the paintings
through eBay. Some of the celebrities participating in the charity have a
personal connection to The Kidney Foundation.
"In 1990, I lost my dear brother Dean to kidney disease and it has always been
a cause my entire family and I have always supported. Having a chance to put
brush to canvas, in order to benefit such a worthy cause, has allowed me to
create what I like to think is 'happy art', simple artwork that can express
hope and happiness for those battling kidney disease," said Bret "The Hitman"
Hart, Wrestler. "I will continue to proudly support one of the worthiest
causes that gives hope to those in need with kidney disease. Thank you for
letting me be part of such a noble crusade."
This year A Brush of Hope raised more than $15,500 and the highest auctioned
piece belonged to Leonard Cohen which sold for $2,088.
"There were some amazing paintings for auction and although not all the
celebrities asked to participate are artists,each one crafted something
unique, beautiful and personal for a great cause," said Korby Banner of Style
By Jury. "As a 2012 spokesman forA Brush of Hope I thank every contributor,
organizer and most wholeheartedly thebuyers that make a huge positive impact
on this project!"
UPS Canada partnered with A Brush of Hope for a special reason. Ten years ago,
Darren Martin, a Fredericton employee, had a kidney transplant. The company
wanted to show its support for Darren and to The Kidney Foundation of Canada
by being a proud sponsor. A Brush of Hope raises funds for critical research
of kidney disease. Currently, there is no cure.
You can also visit www.kidney.ca/nbpei or join the Facebook group 'A Brush of
Hope' to learn more about the event and how you can help find a cure.
About The Kidney Foundation of Canada
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization
committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and
stimulating innovative research, providing education and support, promoting
access to high quality healthcare and increasing public awareness and
commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of
solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the
facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology
to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta,
Ga., UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company
can be found on the web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at
blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
Steven Vitale UPS Canada Public Relations 905-676-1708 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Paschal Hudson Creative Agency 506-852-3803 email@example.com
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