An acclaimed South Australian artist has not let age hold her back from making a difference, using her talents to raise $3,000 for disaster relief in Haiti.
Eighty-eight year old Dorrie Ellard recently held an exhibition of her paintings in South Australia’s Borossa Valley to raise funds for the work of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in earth-quake affected Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
I’m too old to go over there and help, so this is one way I can do something
“ADRA is doing such a wonderful job,” said Dorrie. “I’m too old to go over there and help, so this is one way I can do something.”
The sale of sixty-seven of her artworks raised $3000, with Dorrie donating 100 per cent of the proceeds to ADRA Australia. Forty-five of these were sold during the first day of the exhibition which ran from May 6 to 28. Some attendees were so impressed by Dorrie’s work and the cause she was supporting they added a personal donation.
“Dorrie is nothing short of inspirational in her approach to life,” said Ms Danyon De-Buell, former Manager of Country Arts SA’s Riverland Mallee Arts Development Team during the opening of the Variety Fair Art exhibition. “There is more to this lady than meets the eye.”
Since taking up painting at the age of 63 Dorrie has donated all but the cost of framing her artworks to ADRA Australia.
ADRA Australia continues to work with partnering offices in Haiti providing mobile medical clinics, wash stations and drinking water for the thousands rebuilding their lives in Port-au-Prince.
“The support for ADRA’s massive response and rebuilding work following the devastating disaster in Haiti has been amazing,” said ADRA Australia’s Emergency Management Director, Chris Olafson. “Dorrie’s creativity and continued support is greatly appreciated.”
ADRA is calling for those with specialist skills who are willing to assist in emergencies in the South Pacific Region to add their names to ADRA Australia’s Emergency Response Register. Visit adra.org.au or call 1800 242 372 for more information.