Local artists brighten up cancer treatment accommodation

HOBART’S art community has generously provided its support for seriously ill Tasmanians by donating a range of works to the Fight Cancer Foundation’s patient accommodation centre, John Opie House.

Last month John Opie House manager Samantha Kanizay welcomed Rotary Club of Hobart president Kate Domeney who organised and presented donations from renowned local artists including Order of Australia Medal recipient Joan Humble.

“Our Lord Mayor Sue Hickey spoke of her desire to help John Opie House to continue the support of their house guests by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for them,” Ms Domeney said.

“She wondered if any of the artists I knew would be willing to help and having asked the question, I was delighted with the immediate and generous response.

“To be able to help in a simple way, and to make their stay as warm and welcoming as possible, was something that everyone responded to.”

Ms Kanizay said the team at John Opie House was grateful for the donations.

“These artworks by well-known local artists provide a calming and comforting environment for seriously ill Tasmanians staying at John Opie House who are going through a frightening and uncertain time,” she said.

To find out more about John Opie House and the work of the Fight Cancer Foundation go to www.fightcancer.org.au

Caption: Hobart artist Joan Humble, left, Rotary Club of Hobart president Kate Domeney and John Opie House manager Samantha Kanizay at John Opie House.

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