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'Courage & Strength' Art Gallery Fundraiser at Art & Design Precinct

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Artistic Endeavours Raising Funds for Rugby Dream
Courage and Strength
Art and Rugby Join Forces for the Future

You don't usually see the words art and rugby in the same sentence, but this week these two very different activities will combine forces in a fundraising art auction to help a young rugby talent from Logan fulfil his dreams of becoming an international star.

Saita Lasini-Tuaoi's
Saita in Action on the Field

Saita Lasini-Tuaoi's dream as a young child was to play professional rugby. Now, at age nineteen, Saita has been given an opportunity to trial for professional rugby teams in France for six weeks in order to secure a contract to further his rugby career. If successful, Saita will be residing in France to play professionally. Originally from a small town in New Zealand, Saita has resided in Brisbane with his Uncle & Aunty for the past year and has been selected for the Elite Training Squad based in Logan. Through the leaders and mentors of Elite, Dominic & Pearl Feaunati recommended he play for the MANA Pasifika rugby team. Saita was a stand-out player for MANA last year, hence has been given the opportunity to travel to France.

Mana Team
The Elite Mana Team With Whom Saita Has Been Playing

The art exhibition fundraiser will be a group exhibition with silent auctions. Each piece has a reserve as the starting bid. If you are after a particular piece just write down your name, contact details and bid under the last entry. The winning bid at the end of the weekend will buy the piece. All monies paid go to fundraising to pay for Saita's return airfare to France.

Artwork Deep Fried Theory
Artwork by Deep Fried Theory Will Be Part Of The Auction

The works on display and up for auction are by local artists, including Saita's Uncle Alex Tuaoi and other emerging artists who have not previously exhibited their art work to the general public. A wishing well will be available at the gallery, and there will be a raffle sponsored by local businesses which will be drawn on opening night. For those who may not be able to attend the gallery exhibition images and reserves will be available online via the Art & Design Precinct Facebook page for placement of bids. For those wishing to make a donation to this great cause, there are bank details available upon request.

Omi Lee
Artwork by Omi Lee Will Be Up For Auction

The launch night for Courage and Strength is Friday 28th March 2014. The gallery will be open for silent auctions from Friday 28th March until Sunday 30th March. The Gallery is open from 10am-6pm on Tuesday until Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday. This event is a fundraising initiative to raise money to make a young man's dream come true. It is also an amazing opportunity for local talent to boost their profile and get exposure for their art, creativity & music.

Art and Design Precinct
The Art and Design Precinct in West End

The venue is the Art & Design Precinct, 10 Bailey Street, West End. The entry charge on opening night is $10.00, which includes a complimentary drink on arrival and nibbles. Children under 14 yrs are free. To find out more, visit the Courage and Strength Facebook Event Page. Artists on display include Alex Tuaoi, Omi Lee, Denise Conroy, Terehia Hapuku, Aiga Pona, Meki Tasi, James Tia, Sav Sala, Nathan Pona and Deep Fried Theory. Music on opening night will be performed by Karen McLeod, Leah Tharlai and Amon and Audra.
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Why? Help a young rugby star realize his dream
When: Opening Night Fri 28 Mar 6-9pm, 10am-6pm on Tuesday - Friday; 10am-5pm on Saturday & Sunday
Phone: 3844 3223
Where: Art & Design Precinct, 10 Bailey Street, West End
Cost: $10 on Opening Night (Includes free drink on entry & nibbles), Other times Free
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