Title

Notre Dame Hosts Charity Auction - 'Kids with Cameras'

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 3-19-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

A silent photography auction is being held at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle to raise funds and awareness for an Indian children’s charity ‘Kids with Cameras’.

‘Kid’s with Cameras’ is an organisation which provides funding for special schools for children of prostitutes growing up in the red light district of Calcutta. The program started when British photographer Zana Briski visited the area and started to teach the children photography.

Third year physiotherapy student, Emma Riley, had the idea of holding the auction after seeing a documentary on the children, inspiring her to raise money to buy their photos.

“I thought the charity itself was such a wonderful idea, empowering the children using art to capture their world, and then have that generate the means to affect the outcome of their paths in life.

“So I came up with the idea to get photos from amateur photographers, and others from Fremantle, and use these to generate some income that will in-turn be used to buy the photographs from the children in India,” said Ms Riley.

The auction so far has been a great success, with many students, staff and members from the local community placing bids on photographs.

“The auction has really exceeded my expectations; the bids so far have generated enough funds to buy 3 prints from the charity, but just to have come this far from one small idea, for me, really makes it a success,” said Ms Riley.

Bidding for photos will close on Wednesday, 21st March. They are currently on display in Prindiville Hall, on the corner of Mouat and Croke Streets. For more information please contact Emma Riley on 0415 597 906.