I recently donated one of my paintings to the Mo Farah Foundation, which subsequently saw the painting raise an impressive £5,501 for the charity.
On the 1st September, The Mo Farah Foundation held its ‘Night of Champions’ charity event at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. The event was attended by Olympic greats such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Usain Bolt and a host of British Olympic stars, including Mo Farah himself.
The painting “My Generation – Inspired” was part of the charity auction that took place on the night and gained a lot of interest from enthusiastic bidders.
The Mo Farah Foundation works to help save lives and support children affected by the worst drought to hit Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in over 60 years, by distributing food and supplying water and sanitary facilities.
I was over the moon when I found out how much the painting had raised for such an important foundation.
I created the painting after the Olympics finished on 12th August. Using the London 2012 Olympic tagline ‘Inspire a Generation’, my aim was to create a piece to celebrate the success of Team GB and the positive effect the Olympics has had, and will have on children watching the various sporting events.
I felt the painting was a really strong image. I wanted to be able to use it to its full potential, and by raising over £5500 for a great cause, it seems to have done just that! :)
Painting a hurdle in the My Generation piece seemed the perfect way to represent a metaphorical ‘hurdle’ we must all overcome to reach our goals.
The painting is capped off by a child draped in the Union Jack flag, a familiar site whenever a medal was achieved by Olympic heroes such as Sir Chris Hoy and Andy Murray, and which became a symbol for success during the games.
Visit www.mofarahfoundation.org.uk for more information on the charity.