Some of you may already know I’ve worked for and supported a number of charities and charitable causes. This includes the World Stroke Organisation’s World Stroke Day.
In 2010, the WSO and its members worldwide launched the “1 in 6” campaign. The theme was identified to mirror the reality that one in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. With the fight against stroke at a crossroads, WSO members and partners around the world joined in solidarity to put forth a simple life-saving message on this day, which is not to take chances. One in six people will have a stroke. It could be you or someone you know.
The World Stroke Campaign aims to disseminate essential life-saving information and share knowledge about actions and lifestyle behaviors that could avert the assault of stroke. The campaign will also identify opportunities to improve and educate the lay public on the fundamental need for appropriate and quality long-term care and support for stroke survivors, including the empowerment of stroke care-providers.
The facts remain:
- Stroke can be prevented.
- Stroke can be treated.
- Stroke can be managed in the long-term.
- 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
- Every 6 seconds stroke kills someone.
- Every other second stroke attacks a person, regardless of age or gender.
- 15 million people experience a stroke each year, 6 million of them do not survive.
- About 30 million people have had a stroke – most have residual disabilities
For further information on the campaign please visit the WSO website. If you are in the UK you can also visit the Stroke Association for further information on help and support. Equally if you are in the US please visit the US Stroke Association.
The UK Stroke Association is one of my chosen charities you can support when purchasing art from my online shop. If you would like to donate a % of the purchase price to another charity supporting stroke survivors and their families please let me know on your order form.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been making a few revisions to my website. A selection of limited edition prints and cards are now available to purchase online through PayPal. 10% of any purchase price will be donated to the following UK or US registered charities. Keep an eye out as there may be one or two added shortly.
Charities in the United Kingdom
The ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) was founded in 1996 by Beverley De-Gale OBE and Orin Lewis OBE, parents of former leukaemia sufferer Daniel De-Gale. The charity raises awareness about leukaemia and related blood cancers/disorders and promotes bone marrow, blood and organ donation; especially among minority ethnic groups in the UK. ACLT offers practical and emotional support to patients and their families while recruiting potential lifesaving donors.
Kids Company was founded in 1996 providing practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.
Services reach 36,000 and intensively support 18,000 children across London, including the most deprived and at risk whose parents are unable to care for them due to their own practical and emotional challenges. For many, the roles of adult and child are reversed and, despite profound love, both struggle to survive.
These exceptionally vulnerable children not only negotiate significant challenges in their family homes, they also face immense threat within their neighbourhoods. Often they are exposed to relentless violence, some are forced into working as drug couriers or prostitutes, and many experience chronic abuse.
Kids Company provides a safe, caring, family environment where support is tailored to the needs of each individual. The charities services and support empower children who have experienced enormous challenges to lead positive and fulfilling lives. Despite great difficulties, the children we work with are hugely courageous and embrace the support we offer.
In 2007 Kids Company was awarded the Liberty and JUSTICE Human Rights Award. In 2010 we were selected as a ‘Child Poverty Champion’ by the End Child Poverty project for our success in enabling children to achieve their full potential.
The Stroke Association provides high quality, up-to-date stroke information for stroke patients, their families and carers. Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. That’s one person every five minutes. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies. It is the country’s third biggest killer, kills more women than breast cancer and remains the single biggest cause for adult disability. Stroke changes lives. It can have a huge effect on you and your family. You will most likely want to know as much as you can about what practical, emotional and financial support is available.
Charities in the United States
Camba is a nonprofit organization that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life. CAMBA has responded to the needs of communities by creating individualized service-oriented programming since 1977. Today their programmes annually serve over 45,000 individuals and families—including 8,000 youth—in the following areas: Economic Development, Education and Youth Development, Family Support Services, HIV/AIDS Services, Housing Services and Development and Legal Services.
For further information please visit my online shop. Wishing you all well.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year! So 2013 has started off with a flurry of artistic activity on both sides of the Atlantic. This month sees a number of artist friends participate in the LA Art Fair. I have been invited to show but on this occasion will pass. For the start of this year at least, I will be focusing on producing new and varied work but wishing my contemporaries the very best at the event.
I’ve gained motivation this week by attending the opening of the ‘Emerging Artist Award’ exhibition at the Beers Lambert Contemporary in London, the first of several shows in the diary.
Beers Lambert Contemporary believes in nurturing emerging artists and celebrating excellence in contemporary art. Devised to create a platform for the recognition of underexposed artists, the award for emerging art was an international call for submissions. The shortlist of artists is a selection from over 1500 worldwide submissions, judged on criteria such as progression, innovation and excellence in four artistic fields. The show’s painting and two dimensional work features Stockholm based Jwan Yosef with Spanish artists Alejandro Valles and Gema Perales. Norway’s Oystein Dahlstrom and Brazilian Romen Gouveia provide thought provoking photography whilst the installations are provided by the UK’s Jack West and Norway’s Maren Juell Kristensen. For me, the focal point of this show is American Sculptor Scott Carter’s sculpture made of plasterboard, taken from gallery walls. The show has a limited run from January 9th to 19th before the gallery attends the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington, from January 16th to 20th
Please visit the Beers Lambert website http://www.beerslambert.com/ for further details
The second exhibition opening this week is ‘Out of the Blue: The Art of The Stroke.’ This exhibition has been put together in collaboration with The Stroke Association and the London Stroke Action Council. Out of the Blue / Art of the Stroke highlights the contribution survivors of stroke make to society and marks the 20th anniversary of the Stroke Association itself.
The concept is the brainchild of Lil Sullivan, a professional artist and a stroke survivor. She states it refers to the way people emerge out of the blue horizon of doubt. A stroke nearly killed her and heightened her sense of vulnerability and the vulnerability of life. The Art of the Stroke has resonance in art as well. A stroke of the brush or hand is the first and last action of the artist in response to a stroke of genius.
The show runs from Friday January 11 to Saturday January 26th at the Morley Gallery & The Landing Gallery in the Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7HT
tel: 020 7450 1826 (nearest station: Lambeth North & Waterloo) for further details please visit