Proceeds from an art exhibition on 29 November in Hamilton that featured the works of 14 Waikato artists will go toward refurbishing four family homes used by The Salvation Army Changing Places programme in the city.
Changing Places helps children at risk by taking a whole-of-family approach to meeting their developmental needs by strengthening the knowledge, skills and resources of parents.
The aims of the programme include building family stability through providing temporary housing, developing support networks in the community to reduce family isolation and providing opportunities for parents and children to experience sustainable ways of living.
To launch the Changing Places Art Exhibition, over 100 guests including Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker and Hamilton West MP Tim Macindoe attended a corporate breakfast hosted by the Waikato Chamber of Commerce. Countdown Bridge Street donated all the food—cooked to perfection by Barry Finch and his team from Wintec.
Fourteen artists including well-known glass artist Di Tocker and painter Bruce McLachlan exhibited at the show. Salvation Army artists Haydn Rive, Tom Jewkes and David Clarke provided some stunning pieces—all achieved a sale. Kellie Rillstone, a renowned Hamilton artist, donated her skills and expertise as curator.
‘The Changing Places programme encourages and nurtures the development of parental skills by exploring and engaging in habits and skills necessary for active parenting,’ says Salvation Army Public Relations Director Shane Chisholm.
‘The funds raised through this well-supported exhibition from art sales together with generous donations from local businesses will go a long way toward providing a safe and warm home environment for the families involved.’
The Salvation Army very much appreciates the support of the Changing Places Art Exhibition sponsors Stainless Design, Gallagher and Hamilton Party Hire.
Artwork: Treasure Time by Kellie Rillstone
About the Changing Places programme
Children are reliant on the adults around them to meet their needs and nurture and protect them.
In New Zealand, many children experience severe risk to their wellbeing from factors associated with the environment - family, community, peers and the wider society.
Children can also be subject to organic intrinsic factors such as foetal alcohol syndrome.
Without active parenting, their development and wellbeing can be endangered.
The goals of the Changing Places programme are to:
The Changing Places programme helps to ensure children’s social skills, health needs, learning and improved parent/child relationships are met.
Working together with the Ministry of Social Development, The Salvation Army in Hamilton provides the Changing Places programme to 12 families over a 12 month period.
The families usually stay for three months at a time in one of four Changing Places houses. The Salvation Army also assists 50 other families over a 12 month period in a less intensive way.
For all enquiries regarding fundraising, corporate partnerships and donations, please contact:
The Public Relations Director
PO Box 27001, Wellington, 6141
Phone: +64 4 382 0744
Email: Public Relations