Raising cash on the quiet for orphans

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The artistic students and lecturers of Angus College will be doing their bit for an African children’s charity later this month.

On Thursday (May 23) there will be an Art Aid silent auction in support of orphaned children in the Eugemont Orphanage in Ve Koloeno in Ghana’s Volta region.

In all 25 college art lecturers, students and local artists will be donating their work for sale at the silent auction in the conference hall of the Esk Building’s Enterprise Centre.

Student organiser Kinga Elliott who is currently studying art and design at Angus College explained a bit more about the Eugemont Orphanage’s situation. She said: “This orphanage is currently home to 56 children and is rapidly expanding.

“Unfortunately, the lease on the premises is about to expire and within three years the children and staff who live in the orphanage will be made homeless.

“Venture Force Foundation is a registered charity, and has undertaken to build a new home for the orphans and is in great need of support for this project.”

She continued: “I am overwhelmed by the generous support of a large number of prominent local artists, I envisage the silent auction as a yearly event.

“This event will be a fantastic opportunity to view a vast exhibition of artwork produced by art students, staff and established local artists and to purchase their works at very affordable prices. This is a perfect excuse to get bidding and dig deep into your purse to support a very worthy cause!”

Angus College art lecturer Oonagh DeVoy added: “I believe this is a worthy cause that will also promote the college’s ethos for student volunteers.”

The artwork will be on display all day and bids can be made between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with entry £1 and free for students. Successful bidders will be notified after the event.