The Australian auction and on-line sale of donated studio ceramics towards the OXFAM Nepal Earthquake Appeal completed over the weekend and raised AUD$40,000. Fantastic achievement by Vipoo Srivilasa and his associates. It was a huge effort and Vipoo was sending half-hourly updates by the end of Sunday. He’lll be taking a wee nap now I expect. Thanks to all from here who responded.
However the energy goes on. Jane Sawyer in Melbourne (WCC and Director of Slow Clay) is co-ordinating a more specifically targeted appeal on behalf of the World Crafts Council – Australian Branch.
They are fundraising to send money directly to the particular pottery towns that have been badly damaged with the aim to help the potters rebuild their houses and studios and return to work making their beautiful wares. WCCA knows direct action can help enormously and so they have created a direct pathway for long term help for potters and have even identified the families most in need already. It is not inconceivable that this might make a big difference to the future continuation of these potters’ beautiful pottery heritage – with your help. In NZ we do not have a branch of the WCC any more so it behoves us to support Australia’s work in this area. Easy – bank to bank online. Please donate if you can:
Account title: World Crafts Council Australia Inc
Bank: Commonwealth Bank Australia
Branch: BSB 063-111
Account number: 1086-1862
Be sure to label your transfer with the word ‘Nepal’.
Email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you would like to help out with organising future fund-raising activities. If you want to be updated about the Nepal situation or a future emergency affecting craftspersons, you can also send your details here.
Update on Ross Michell-Anyon from the Wanganui Chronicle newspaper… with thanks to Raewyn.
Bobbi Mitchell-Anyon is looking forward to seeing her husband – Wanganui artist Ross Mitchell-Anyon – return to his “gorgeous self” after his 12-metre fall on April 21.
Mrs Mitchell-Anyon has been at her husband’s bedside at Wellington Hospital for the past month and told the Chronicle that he would now be moved to the acquired brain injury rehabilitation centre in Porirua.
“Ross is now at the ’emergent conscious’ stage and he has been smiling at me today which always makes me feel good,” she said.
“The rehabilitation will be a long road and they will gradually start to stimulate him into full consciousness – the process is estimated to take about nine months but I am confident he will make a full recovery.
“It is a wonderful facility and they have great expertise and a very high success rate.”
“I am being very well cared for, too, and Ross’ two sons who live in Wellington have been fantastic – and so have the rest of the family.”
Mrs Mitchell-Anyon said she read newspapers and the cards people have sent to her husband.
“The support from people has been fantastic and so heartening to me. I really enjoy reading the messages to Ross and I look forward to the time when he can respond as well.”
So, clearly this is going to be a long haul for Ross. Cards and notes to c/o 90 Mortimer Terrace, Brooklyn, Wellington.