Kapunda kids lend a hand

Kapunda Child Care educators Jess Cockram and Erin Donald with Charlie Ryan,back, Harper Humble, George Cockram, front left, Hailie Wild, Claudia Daniel, Joshua Woodley, Haylee Wendt and Holly Stromer.
Kapunda Child Care educators Jess Cockram and Erin Donald with Charlie Ryan,back, Harper Humble, George Cockram, front left, Hailie Wild, Claudia Daniel, Joshua Woodley, Haylee Wendt and Holly Stromer.

There are some budding young artists in Kapunda.

Throughout the month of March, the Kapunda Community Gallery would be home to some special pieces of art created by children from the Kapunda Child Care and Early Learning Centre.

It came about in the wake of the devastating bushfires that gripped the nation over summer.

As a result, the Centre launched a project titled 'what Australia means to us' and one aspect of exploring that theme was to create artwork.

Members of the Centre were impacted by the Kangaroo Island bushfire as extended family resided on the Island.

Claudia Daniel was one of those whose family were impacted by the devastating fires.

They lost two family homes, farming land, livestock and farming machinery during the blaze.

From that, discussions began in regards to how the Kapunda community could help out their neighbours on Kangaroo Island in their time of need.

It was decided that the artwork would be hung in the gallery with an accompanying donation box.

At the end of the month the children's works would be auctioned off.

All funds raised from the sales of the artwork were to be donated to the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Fund.

The children were inspired by Ros Moriarty's book The Rainbow which tells the story of the Australian landscape with accompanying artwork by Indigenous artist Balarinji.

Some of the artwork on display featured depictions of some Australian animals including kangaroos and echidnas, while even a giraffe made an appearance on the canvas.

Educator Jess Cockram said that the display at the gallery had received a great response from the community.

The Centre was also holding a raffle as part of their fundraising efforts with the winner to be drawn on Friday.

The Kangaroo Island Mayoral Fund would be donating 100 per cent of the received donations directly to affected families and businesses on the Island as they rebuild their lives.

The children's artwork can be viewed at the Gallery for another fortnight.