Over the past ten years, Wollongong-based organisation SCARF (Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families) has delivered programs and services to refugee families and communities in the Illawarra. Over 150
volunteers have shared their time, energy and expertise to help more than 1000 people from refugee backgrounds settle in our region.
Its major fundraiser, art4refugees, is being organised again for this year. 100% of the proceeds of the sale of donated artwork at the event go to support SCARF’s work.
The event has been running for seven years, regularly raising between $15-$17,000 to support SCARF programs and services. “As SCARF has never received ongoing government funding, we rely heavily on this annual fundraiser event,” says the organisation’s Executive Officer Sherryl Reddy.
The charity art show is on in late September at The Illawarra Grammar School, and organisers are seeking donations of paintings (in any medium), photographs, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and ceramics. As well as artists donating their original work, the organisers welcome donations from people’s collections.
Tickets for the opening night on Friday 25 September ($35) include a Champagne Supper, cultural performances from SCARF refugee community members, and traditional Asian and Middle Eastern canapés. And of course
the opportunity to be the first to view the artworks for purchase. Entry on the Saturday and Sunday is by gold coin donation.