Show the love at local fundraiser

The Shoalhaven is being encouraged to show the love for a local fundraiser in aid of Breast Cancer Research.

City Church Nowra will today be hosting a ‘Heart Station’ where you can participate by donating a ceramic tile created by your two fingerprints for NSW’s charity campaign ‘A Heart as Big as Yours.’

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said the event is a wonderful way to celebrate humanity.

“Sydney photographer Marie Ramos is aiming to raise $100,000 for one of my favourite charities, and the artwork named ‘A Heart As Big As Yours’ was inspired by the remarkable woman behind the Love Your Sister Charity, Constance Johnson,” she said.

“Both Samuel and Connie Johnson are the co-founders of the charity who’s primary aim is to raise awareness for breast cancer (which Connie suffers from) and to raise funding towards finding a cure at the Garvan Institute. At present they have raised over $6m towards Cancer research,” Mrs Sudmalis said.

Mrs Ramos who has taken a year off from running her decade old photography business has dedicated her time to raising funds and awareness for the cause.

“This year marks a special milestone for us as we celebrate the 10th Birthday of Marie Ramos Photography. As a gesture of my thanks and heartfelt gratitude for the support we have received from the community over the years,” she said.

“A Heart As Big As Yours consists of 2000 individual ceramic hearts that are formed by two fingerprints with 25 frames of tiles each consisting of 81 hearts, which includes your initials or the initials of a loved one whose life has been touched by cancer.

“There is a single red heart, which belongs to Connie and is located in the centre of the artwork; her heart is surrounded by a sea of white hearts symbolic of our support and unified hope to see Cancer gone for good.

“Each tile is $50 and includes the initials of the heart donor and a map containing the location of their heart. The artwork will be on permanent display at the Garvan Institute in Sydney,” Mrs Ramos said.

Today’s event will be held at the City Church Nowra, 167 McMahon Road, North Nowra. 10am-2pm.