By Jamie Salter
Palliative Care South East (PCSE) recently held an art exhibition to raise funds for its new building in Narre Warren.
So far, the exhibition has raised $6,000, with all profits going directly towards the development of counselling and support rooms in the new Palliative Care Hub.
The event was a part of the Laz Effect fundraising campaign in memory of Larry who received specialist palliative care from PCSE’s service.
Larry’s sister Linda Espie curated the exhibition which featured more than 65 artworks donated by local and nationally recognised artists.
“It was really special to see the exhibition come together,” Ms Espie said.
“It was a wonderful collection of donated art and the feedback we got was absolutely incredible – people were very touched to watch it,” Ms Espie said.
“There are still some artworks available on our website and some magnificent photography as well.
“People can still watch the exhibit, it is a lovely, colourful, creative event.”
The office space in the palliative care hub will be ready for PCSE to move into by mid 2022.
Ms Espie said funds raised through the art exhibit will directly support members of the public.
“The areas of the building we’re trying to fund is the community facing section of the facility, which will include counselling rooms, rooms for group work and rooms for art and music therapy,” she said.
“These spaces are extremely important for people to receive these supportive interventions both prior to and during the bereavement stage and we are yet to be able to complete them.”
The exhibit was broadcast via Facebook Live on 4 November.
To watch the broadcast, visit bit.ly/3FwIFXP
Artworks are still available to purchase to support PCSE.
To purchase an artwork or to donate, visit palliativecaresoutheast.org.au/pcse-store/