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Zariel Arsenault shows off her masterpiece during the second annual Colours for Cancer art exhibit held recently in Montague. The event challenges kids to enter their art work for auction with proceeds to childhood cancer research.
Colours for Cancer Art Exhibit and Silent Auction in Montague expects to yield over $5,700 in donations
MONTAGUE — A children’s event to raise money for cancer research painted up a storm here recently and surpassed its previous record.
The second annual Colours for Cancer Art Exhibit and Silent Auction drew in more works of art than ever before that went on display at the Church of Christ.
“The children’s paint day was amazing, and the kids had so much fun painting their masterpieces,” said organizer Natasha McCarthy.
“We had 87 amazing pieces of art on display and the church hall was like their very own art gallery.”
The idea is for kids to register and paint a masterpiece which is then sold during the public auction.
The event raised just over $5,000 last year when organizers shaved their heads.
This year the event expects to yield over $5,700 in donations.
Kids from two to 13 sell their paintings with all proceeds go directly to the IWK and the Queen Elizabeth hospital’s pediatric oncology departments.
The auction was jammed with moms, dads and children art lovers, and music was provided by Barry O’Brien during auction breaks.
The event also raised money through childhood cancer awareness bracelets, ticket sales on a thousand-dollar gift basket, a bake sale and a digital children’s book sale.
Cakes from Candi’s Cakes in Montague and City View Bakehouse in Charlottetown were donated for auction as well.
“It’s really wonderful to see the pride in the faces of the children knowing how much their paintings sold for and that they are doing a truly amazing thing,” said McCarthy.
Further information on the event and the campaign can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/childhoodcancerawarenesspei.