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CanDo4Kids The Amazing Race

October 25th, 2009
Geoff Mike Paul Aaron as Team Wombats

Geoff Mike Paul Aaron as Team Wombats


Early in the year, about June,  my wife Wendy and I had the privilege of supporting our grandson Aaron with his team Wombats in the Amazing Race, a charity event, run by Cando4kids to raise money to help the deaf and the visually impaired children of South Australia.

Wendy’s son Geoff sponsored the team through Highland Accounting and her other son Paul was also a member of team Wombats along with Geoff’s friend Mike who is also Aaron’s uncle.   We gladly paid to have put on the back of the T shirt that they wore during the race.  6 other businesses and friends also had their names on the T shirts.   We raised money by having a sponsored walk with the Encounter Bay Walking Group in Victor Harbour and an afternoon playing ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’.   I donated a painting of a horse race at Broken Hill and we sold lots of raffle tickets for my painting.   We don’t know who won the painting yet as it will be drawn in November.

To read more about team Wombats race and the fun they had please refer to where you will see more photographs.

Reflections in the Port River at Pitstop 2A

Reflections in the Port River at Pitstop 2A

Wendy and I decided to volunteer to help with the race and we were situated at Pitstop 2A where we sat in the sun by the Port River at Port Adelaide and waited for the 25 teams to find us, then we put a sticker in their passports.  What lovely people we met that day and I took a photo of the two team players of each team,  who came through our pitstop whilst the other two team members were off kayaking around Garden Island.   Geoff and Paul found us whilst Mike and Aaron did the kayaking.

We enjoyed it so much that we plan to volunteer our services for both days next year.  The race is around Adelaide and the hills for 2 days and the lads got to do lots of fun things that they’d always wanted to do and we got a suntan.   The Corporate charity event raised $130,000 for Cando4kids.  The team that raised the most money raised well over $12,000.  The team were a little late in joining the fund raising this year but we still raised in excess of $4,500 and hope to do better with fund raising next year when we will start in April with all the other teams.  Aaron’s wife Kris did a marvellous job and had some great ideas for fundraising.  The Amazing Race has a website.

Aaron’s son Noah is a recipient of help from Cando4kids as he has a visual impairment.

The reflections in the river were spectacular and where better to sit and wait and munch on the goodies we were given.  We even saw the dolphins and one of them had a baby swimming with her.

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Mack Truck – Commissioned Work

October 25th, 2009
Portrait of Mack Truck

Portrait of Mack Truck

I was approached to do a commission, for a lady at Hope Forest, of a horse called Mack Truck.  I was given a few photographs and did some preliminary sketches and thought the photo of Mack Truck jumping over a hurdle would be a good one to do.  So I did a colour sketch of that and then decided to plot a course for the horses head painting.  This went so well without any preliminary sketches that I sent a photo of it by email to the lady and she loved it and bought it.  I decided not to put any trees or background behind the horses head as it would have detracted the eye away from Mack Truck.   This is my first venture into doing a portrait of a horse and I am well pleased with it just as my client was also.

I have done horses racing lots of times but this is something new for me and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to paint Mack Truck.   If you go to my website you will see the pastel paintings of horse races both here and in Queensland where they run around the track in a different direction.

Mack Truck in action

Mack Truck in action

I bought a book about horses and have redone the one of Mack Truck jumping over the hurdle.  The hind legs were a bit muzzy in the photograph and with the help of the pictures in the book I was able to finish them off properly.

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