At the start of 2020, I sat in horror, watching Australia burn. It broke my heart and left me feeling so helpless, so I did the only thing I could to help. I created an artwork and accompanying pin to help raise money and awareness to support the firefighters and wildlife impacted by the devastation.
And you, my amazing community, helped me raise $25,000 in 24 hours from the sale of these pins!!
I had no idea that only a few weeks later, the world would be a very different place.
First, we watched China. Then Italy. As Covid-19 spread around the world, our lives changed. People started work from home, schools stayed empty, and many businesses closed their doors. And the feeling of hopelessness overcame me again.
There are, however, some workers that can’t stay home. Every day nurses, doctors, and healthcare and essential workers head into work, not knowing what the day would bring. They show up to help others.
Even when protective clothing is in short supply.
Even when they know they could be exposed to the disease.
So I created this artwork and an accompanying pin as an acknowledgment of essential workers everywhere, who risk their own lives to help us.
The pin will be available to buy on Tuesday 12th May at 12pm AEST and all profits from the sale of these pins will be donated to charity, which you can vote on via myFacebook group.
I will also have a poster print, colouring sheet and fb image available for free so anyone can print them out and show their support and thanks!
P.S. We will have a small restock of our koala firefighter pin at the same time on Tuesday however number are limited. The profits from the sale of this pin will be donated to Wildlife Victoria.