I am writing this letter on behalf of APEHNC: the Association of Parents with Disabled Children in New Caledonia. This organization works for disabled children and its aim is to help these challenged kids as much as they can :
Because my first fiction, Un doux petit rêveur : http://les2encres.net/fichiers/reservations/resadouxpetitreveur.pdf, to be soon released in France, deals specifically with disabilities and exclusion, I thought it would be timely to contribute to the cause by co-organizing with artist Romane Z a charity function to raise funds. My contribution to APEHNC, among other things, is to sell an oil on canvas (55cm x 46 cm) by renowned French artist Sabien Witteman http://sabienwitteman.com/enaccueil.html
The artwork has somewhat had its hour of glory for it features on the frontcover of my academic monograph discussing Chris Koch's novels (see the square above the title): http://www.cambriapress.com/cambriapress.cfm?template=25&bid=48
The painting will be available in Australia in late October in Brisbane (as I am graciously invited to the inaugural Gold Coast Writers Festival: http://jfv-australiana.blogspot.com/2012/09/another-2-months-before-inaugural-gold.html), in Sydney in early November, or elsewhere by arrangement.
Half of the collected sum will go to APEHNC and the other half will be used to recoup 15 years of unfunded and costly research in Australian Studies.
The minimum bid is $2,000 and the artwork will go to the highest bidder.
Bidding closes on October 23rd.
APEHNC needs finance for specific needs in various equipment.
Should you want to help in any other way, please get in touch. We would be grateful to receive your contribution to fulfill the above needs fully or partially. To make this charity function a success we need your help and assistance. I hope you would contribute in our little step towards a more humane and charitable society.
Awaiting positive response.
You can get in touch with me via email, (vernayj[at]yahoo[dot]com), Facebook or Linked In