Make art to make wishes come true

Make-A-Wish Australia, supported by BIC® Kids, is calling on primary school teachers and students to join in an exciting new art project, Make Art, to help very sick kids, and win some fantastic prizes along the way.

The Make Art initiative is inspired by wish child Andrea, diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, and her wish to be a professional artist.

Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 right across Australia are invited to participate in Make Art by following Andrea’s lead and creating their own amazing artwork reflecting the 2015 theme “What I aspire to be…”.

Through long periods of intense medical treatment, Andrea’s love of making art and the knowledge her wish would be coming true gave her strength and hope, and the resilience she needed to get through her treatment.

After months of preparation, Andrea’s wish to be a professional artist came true in spectacular style – when her very own solo exhibition opened at Sydney’s prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art late last year.

The judging panel, including Rachel Kent, Chief Curator Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Gerard Menses CEO Make-A-Wish Australia, a BIC® Kids representative and Andrea herself, will select winners that best match this theme in ways that are creative, colourful, fun and display hope, strength and joy.

Teachers can register online at www.makeawish.org.au/makeart and access helpful resources including a lesson and activity plan, the official Make Art artwork template and Andrea’s inspiring wish story.

As part of this activity, students are encouraged to make a small donation to Make-A-Wish to help the charity grant even more wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Students also have the opportunity to enter the national competition and win some great prizes for themselves and their school thanks to competition partner BIC® KIDS.

Each school that registers will go in the draw to win one of five amazing BIC® KIDS school art packs, and the top 30 finalists will win individual art packs from the BIC® KIDS range.

Three highly commended finalists will take home an iPad Air, and the overall winner will receive a $1000 cash grant to help them achieve their goals.

Prizes are proudly provided by BIC® KIDS and Make-A-Wish Australia is grateful for their support.

Entry for Make Art is now open and the final date for submissions is Friday, October 9. For more information, please visit www.makeawish.org.au/makeart or phone 1800 032 260 FREE.

To view Andrea’s story, visit: Andrea’s wish.

Ryan Fritz

Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.

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