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Artworks Gives Every Dollar Raised To Charity

Media Release
24 September 2003


New Zealand artists and charities have benefited to the tune of almost a quarter of a million dollars as a result of Artworks 2003 Charity art exhibition and sale held in Auckland at the end of August.

The three day event, now in its second year, was organized by the Rotary club of Ellerslie Sunrise, who have once again ensured that the total monies raised from the event have been awarded to the beneficiaries.

$240,000 was split between five charities including Variety - the Children's Charity, the Gifted Children's Programme, the Spirit of Adventure Trust, the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and the Liggins Institute. A further $185,000 went to the artists who exhibited and sold paintings at the event. Corporate sponsors covered the total cost of the event which is the largest of its kind in Australasia.

Major sponsor Mazda's MD and Artworks spokesperson Peter Aitken stresses that it was always the goal of the organizers to be able to gift the total amount raised during the event to the charities and the artists themselves.

"Artworks is a celebration of the vision and creativity of established and emerging New Zealand artists as well as the opportunity to contribute to the future of young New Zealanders through the chosen charities," says Mr Aitken. "We are therefore pleased to be able to invest in our country's future by handing over every dollar raised to these charities and the artists themselves."


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