Since launching the blog and making my 12 month sabbatical public, I’ve been asked “how on earth are you going to raise the $100,000 for Love your sister?” The answer lies in the single ceramic tile that is pictured in my blog post. It is a 7cm x 7cm handcrafted tile made up of two fingerprints making the shape of a love heart. My vision is to create a sea of hearts from 2000 generous imprint donors (like yourself) and creating an artwork spanning 6m wide x 3m high. 1999 tiles will be white in colour and the one and only red tile will be the centre focal point- the Imprints of Connie and Samuel Johnson from the charity “Love your sister”.
For those who are not familiar with their inspirational story Connie and Samuel are siblings who have taken the fight against Cancer into their own hands. Connie survived the disease twice in her young life but was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer at 33. Knowing that she would be leaving her two young boys behind she made a decision that would not only impact her own life but thousands of others as a consequence.
It started as a joke in the kitchen which turned into a promise. The goal? To set a new Guinness world record for the most distance travelled on a unicycle by riding around Australia, raise $1m towards cancer research and spread the message of breast cancer awareness. Samuel kept his promise and successfully completed the year long journey in 2014. Now the siblings have a new goal to raise $10m towards finding a cure so no other families lose a loved ones to the disease. Our pledge of $100,000 is to help this dream become a reality.
So now that you are familiar with the story behind the artwork the main message is this: One person one idea one decision is all it takes to make a difference in this world. By putting LOVE in front of everything we do, even when faced with the greatest challenges in life- there is ALWAYS hope and an opportunity for good. This artwork is dedicated to my mum who is a breast cancer survivor, and anyone who’s lives have been affected by Cancer. It is an invitation for everyone who is passionate about finding a cure to be involved. My ultimate dream is to have the artwork on the walls of the Garvan Institute, symbolising our support and commitment as a community to see Cancer gone for good, to remember our loved ones who have fallen and continue to fight the disease and finally to serve as a legacy for Connie and Sam, who have left imprints on our hearts by putting LOVE above all else.
If you would like to be involved a $50 donation will buy one ceramic heart, for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org