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Whether you have two breasts, one breast, or both breasts removed, you can make the most incredible art with your body.
Shiona preparing a canvas….
Let's start off with a story...
In January 2009 I hosted a housewarming party in Stirling, inviting dear friends to bring their energy and love into my new home. Standing in the courtyard was a white canvas that guests were encouraged to paint to remind me of the great night we had.
Throughout the evening, friends offered splashes of colour, shapes, stripes, etc, but a cheeky friend however, caused quite a stir when she said she was going to paint the canvas with her breasts! We looked at her dumbfounded – we're all quite liberal minded, but we don't get our 'assets' out at the drop of a hat, so we watched intently to see how she was going to achieve such a task.
With great gustso, she whipped off her top, plonked some paint on her breasts and then pressed herself up against the canvas. We all held our breath as she peeled herself off to reveal two large circular imprints that looked like to two big happy eyes!
Everyone was impressed by this random act of freedom and creativity,
and it created quite a buzz in for the rest of the evening.
For quite some time after, our close-knit group would talk about how fun and liberating it must have been to paint with breasts rather than a brush, so I made the suggestion that we all get together for a workshop and BYO our own canvas and paints and do some 'breast art.' This was met met with inspired smiles and nodding of heads at this which spurred on my next idea: "How about we sell the breast art we create and give proceeds to a breast cancer charity?" The crew responded with: "YEAH, LET'S DO THAT!" And so Breastique Art was born.
Many of us who brainstormed the Breastique Art concept could relate to breast cancer on a very personal level. We had all known someone who had died from breast cancer or who were receiving treatment for it, and many of us had already experienced the fear and dread of having a breast lump examined.
For me on a personal level, my I felt a real sense of loss when my Aunt Marion died of breast cancer. 'Mazz', as I used to call her, was a vibrant, cheeky lady who always saw the bright side of life. She never cared if she looked silly while enjoying herself, she just wanted to create a fun, dynamic, space wherever she went. Even during her last days, she talked about all the things she was grateful for and continued to focus on the positives in her life.
Breastique Art reveals my Aunt Mazz's attitude toward living by highlighting the fun and creativity of life, not caring about looking silly, but honouring what we've lost while celebrating what we still have.
Our connection to art recognises that art is often unique: no two pieces of art are the same, just like our breasts. Breasts are all different shapes and sizes and we are all magnificent in our uniqueness.
JDRF is the world's largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research.
- Type:DGR 1 Status
- Charity:Family,Fundraising,Local Community,Mental Health,Youth Welfare
JDRF was founded in 1970 in the US and 1982 in Australia by a group of determined volunteers.
Internationally, JDRF has been involved in every major type 1 diabetes breakthrough of the last four decades. JDRF-funded researchers have driven the advancement of day-to-day disease management tools and accelerated the pace of research through a focus on four research priorities - immune therapies, beta cell therapies, glucose control therapies and complications therapies.
JDRF supports Australian diabetes research via the strategic provision of funding, investing over $160 million into Australian research to date.
In addition to supporting research, JDRF Australia plays a key role in advising and influencing health policy direction across all levels of government and building community awareness of type 1 diabetes.
Throughout all local and international activities JDRF's mission remains constant - to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
Make A Difference WA aims to raise significant funds to improving the overall quality of life for disadvantaged youth across Western Australia
Make a Difference Foundation WA is delighted to announce its latest charity project for 2012, the Youth Mentor Scholarship Programme in support of disadvantaged youth in Western Australia. The Foundation has allocated funds towards this programme to foster the further development of talented underprivileged youths aged 12-19 inclusive who require financial assistance to enable them to pursue their chosen field. The division of scholarship monies are to be decided upon assessment of the individual applicant requirements each year.
Applicants will need to show how funding made available by Make A Difference Foundation WA will help them on the path to realising their goals and is necessary to further their development and education in their specific area which may include academic, music, sport, dance, science, drama, community etc. The foundation will further this programme by endeavouring to provide leadership and mentorship by West Australians who have achieved their goals and success in their chosen field. Hopefully through the support from the foundation and the WA Corporate Community, we can help these young people to make their dreams come true and you never know we may have discovered the next Justin Langer or Jessica Gethin.
RSPCA work to protect animals from cruelty and give them a new home.
- Charity:Animals,Fundraising,Local Community
RSPCA WA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has been a voice for animals in Western Australia for over 120 years.
Our mission is to prevent cruelty to animals in Western Australia by actively promoting their care and protection.
Every year we rescue, care for and rehome thousands of animals that have been lost, abandoned, injured, or abused.
Our Inspectors have the power to protect all animals from abuse, neglect, and abandonment, including prosecuting people under State's Animal Welfare Act 2002..
Our Community Education team also provides education programmes to teach compassion and responsible behaviour towards animals.
We also run a popular and very succesul Puppy and Dog training program.
The RSPCA's mission is to improve the Welfare of Animals across the state. We are a charity, not a government agency.
- Charity:Fundraising,Animals,Education & Training
- Type:DGR 1 Status
All animals are accepted as sentient beings treated with dignity, compassion and respect.
We believe all animals should be:
- free from hunger and thirst
- free from discomfort
- free from pain injury and disease
- free to express normal behaviour
- free from fear and distress
- Adoptions and animal shelter
- Education and School Holiday programs
- Animal advocacy
Our vision is for a community celebrating possibilities and achieving dreams, for communities in which all people exercise choice and are full participants.
- Type:DGR 1 Status
- Charity:Disabilities,Employment & Training,Family,Fundraising,Local Community
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a permanent physical condition that affects movement. It can be as mild as just a weakness in one hand, ranging to an almost complete lack of movement.
The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (The Centre) offers a wide range of specialised therapies, innovative technology and equipment options, employment opportunities, social and recreational options and housing and respite options to people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
Our focus and commitment is to enable individuals to be independent, make decisions on all aspects of their lives and above all to have as much choice as possible.
We are committed to working with individuals and families towards achieving their goals and dreams and we offer our unique knowledge and experience to assist with this.
We believe that having strong connections with local communities is important to individuals and families and we work hard to facilitate these connections.
Key facts about cerebral palsy:
There is no pre-birth test
It is a permanent condition
It is non-progressive, however can be a changing condition
There is no known cure
Incidence and severity are on the increase
Worldwide more than 15 million people have cerebral palsy
There are 33,000 people with cerebral palsy in Australia
3,500 of these live in Western Australia
In Australia, a child is born with cerebral palsy every 15 hours
United Way is one of the world's leading community organisations. We are a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-political network of around 4000 affiliates operating in 46 countries and territories, with a proud 130-year history. Each branch operates independently in response to local needs, with support from the national and international United Way network.
We make it easy by offering a choice of fun, rewarding programs and taking care of all the organisational and back-office details. Local businesses donate funding and volunteer services to more than 170 local Community Partners each year through United Way WA.
Businesses benefit from networking, morale and team-building, personal development opportunities for staff and the chance to give back to the community. Getting involved with United Way WA is a winning partnership for all.