Hospital workers show they have a lot of art

EVERY two years John Flynn Private Hospital opens its doors to local and interstate artists in order to raise much-needed funds for cancer services on the Gold Coast.

This weekend the hospital is again hosting this art festival, with more than 350 works of art already entered from local and interstate artists. Twenty per cent of all art sales will be donated to Cancer Council Queensland.

As a major cancer centre for the Gold Coast, Tweed coast and northern rivers areas, John Flynn Hospital provides a wide range of oncology services for more than 2500 cancer patients each year.

The hospital mezzanine level and auditorium are transformed for the weekend into a wonderful art gallery and the patients, visitors and staff on the campus thoroughly enjoy looking at the artworks as they go about their day.

The day to day care of these patients is provided by doctors and nurses such as cancer challenge entrant Mandy Eade. Mandy has been employed at John Flynn since 1997 in a variety of roles, but more recently completed her nursing studies and is now part of the hospital's valued nursing staff.

Over the past few years Mandy has been closely involved in other fundraising campaigns for Queensland Cancer in her role as Nurse of the Year in 2007. This year Mandy is a challenge entrant for Queensland Cancer and along with a team of committed volunteers at the hospital, they hope to raise over $20,000 from the sale of these wonderful works of art.

The highlight of the art festival will be guest artist and art teacher Lucja Ray. Over the years, Lucja has worked passionately and sincerely in her life work of developing her art, while at the same time encouraging and inspiring others. This exhibition will feature many of Lucja's sensational works as well as those from amazingly talented artists living and working on the Gold Coast.

The festival will be launched at the champagne opening tomorrow at 6.30pm and will continue throughout the weekend.

John Flynn Hospital is located in Inland Drive, Tugun. The art festival will be open on August 22 from 10am to 4pm and August 23 from 10am to 3pm.

Entry on the weekend is $5 per person. Inquiries to 5598 9017.

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