THE CHANCE TO HELP BUILD A SCHOOL IN RWANDA Grand Auctions sale on September 19th will give people a unique opportunity to play their part in building a school for impoverished children in Rwanda
THE CHANCE TO HELP BUILD A SCHOOL IN RWANDA Grand Auctions sale on September 19th will give people a unique opportunity to play their part in building a school for impoverished children in Rwanda. The sale of more than 140 paintings has been donated by Tunbridge Wells art gallery owner Nick Hills, who has been supporting the school project ever since he went on holiday to Rwanda with his Dutch wife Machteld last year to see mountain gorillas. Nick met Faith Uwantege, a local woman with a dream to start a school. She had heard that Nick and his wife had brought a bag of clothes to donate to children and sought them out. Nick, who has run the Redleaf Gallery in Castle Street for nearly 20 years and lives in The Pantiles, says: ''Her opening pitch was: 'I believe in miracles.' She was running a school in temporary accommodation but had a dream of building a school.'' With donations from Nick and others, Faith's project has gone from a large and rocky field to a new school which opens in January, built by local people. Now more help is needed to finish the building and employ teachers. ''Faith's project continues to need support so this sale seems the answer,'' stated Nick. All of us at Grand Auctions immediately and enthusiastically agreed to be involved when we heard of Nick's dedication to helping Faith to turn her dream of building a school into a reality. We are determined to do everything we can to make the sale a success and have waived our usual sellers charges. We would urge anyone who has been touched by this story to play their part in raising money for this school. Rather than just give a donation, you can buy a painting as a lasting reminder of this heart-warming tale. They are all offered at a reduced price. Please remember the horrors of the 1994 genocide. You can buy a painting safe in the knowledge that proceeds go straight to Faith's school without any intermediaries taking a cut, which is rare indeed in Africa. There is something here to suit most tastes, from works by 17th Century artists to the present day. Among the notable paintings is one by Andrew Vicari, which had previously been put up for sale by Christie's in Dubai in 2006 at an estimated value of $25,000 to $35,000. Vicari remains virtually unknown in Britain, yet in 2006 Vicari appeared in the Sunday Times Rich List with a fortune of ﾣ92 million, which made him Britain's richest living painter. Please be generous - not only will you have a lasting memory of your kindness, but you will give many children of Rwanda a lifelong memory of happy days at school and an education to give them a real chance in life in their own country. Hopkins, Arthur 1848-1930 British, Small Girl by Wagon Wheels in front of a Cottage. 5.25 x 7.5 ins., Pencil, Dated 20-09-1871.
Auction Date: September 2016