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Online auction for a very good cause

This month the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) is celebrating 30 years of supporting South African hospices. It’s being celebrated with an innovative auction on social media (Facebook) of unique artwork and experiences sourced from among South Africa’s top talent.

Anton Smit
October 2017

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This exciting virtual sale showcases artworks donated by the best of established and emerging local artists, including unique creative experiences at exclusive venues. It will launch on Facebook on 14 October 2017, World Hospice Palliative Care Day. The online auction will run for four weeks. A wide range of artists working with diverse mediums have pledged their support. Professional artists include art photographer Klaus Tiedge, internationally-valued pop-art artist Richard Scott, acclaimed Michaela Rinaldi, globally lauded Dylan Lewis and young and exciting Eugenia Chapman-Campbell as well as world-renowned Anton Smit. Other well-known artists include Alexander Krenz, Bonnie Walters, Gordon Williams, Heike Allerton-Davies, Ingrid Bolton, Jana Maddock, Keith Calder, Lauren Kate and Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe. Some artists have used the butterfly, the international symbol of palliative care, in their work and all donated an exciting piece of art for this amazing auction of Art with Heart.

Other auction items are Art experiences such as a night at the exclusive Ellerman House in Cape Town which has an impressive art collection. A dinner at the chef’s table at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel including a unique, meticulously drafted drawing of one of Executive Chef Rudi Liebenberg’s dishes. Other lots are an overnight stay at The Orient Hotel as well as the Grande Dégustation Menu for two at Restaurant Mosaic, paired with their wine selection, and two luxurious nights in a deluxe room at the Four Seasons Westcliff in Johannesburg. “The Art with Heart…for Hospice auction and exhibition is an exciting, innovative initiative to support HPCA and hospice work in South Africa,” says Dr Liz Gwyther, CEO of HPCA. “We are appreciative of the incredible support we have received from artists and other donors as we celebrate World Hospice Palliative Care Day and HPCA’s 30th anniversary with the theme ‘Pearls of Palliative Care’. The online auction will help to promote the care received by patients and families to realise good quality of life and active living even though they are living with life-threatening or life-limiting illness and raise much-needed funds.” Joff van Reenen, Lead Auctioneer and Director of High Street Auctions, which is supporting the Art with Heart…for Hospice initiative, says Facebook isn’t frequently used to host South African auctions yet, but as online platforms go it’s exceptionally user-friendly. “The bidding process is extremely simple and nobody should be deterred by the fact that this might be the first time they’re bidding in this manner. Hospice helps so many families through the most traumatic periods of their lives, but they can’t do it without funding like the money that’ll be raised through this auction so put those bidding fears aside for an exceptionally good cause.” “Simply go onto the Facebook page, select the lots you want and in the comments section place your bid amount. You’ll receive a notification from Facebook if a higher bid comes in, but pop back onto the page regularly anyway; it’s exciting to watch the bidding wars!” Van Reenen has also throw down the gauntlet to SA’s corporates to get in on the action, and once they’ve bid for them to challenge their industry competitors to up the ante on other lots. “Make it a matter of company pride and don’t take no for an answer,” he contends. Hospice is one of the top six NGOs in South Africa in terms of public awareness and support. HPCA was founded in 1987 to support the work of individual hospices and provincial hospice associations, operating in nine provinces and 51 health districts. Hospice enjoys the dedicated support of local heroes, Lucas Radebe who lost his wife to cancer and Judge Edwin Cameron, an advocate for those living with HIV/AIDS. The catalogue is available for viewing online, and the auction will go live on 14 October 2017 at

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