Art works caring for cancer unit
AFTER Jim Hourigan's wife was successfully treated for cancer at Lismore's Cancer Care and Haematology Unit, he wanted to show his gratitude.
The Yamba resident was amazed by the quality of care given to his wife and decided to hold an art exhibition to raise money for the unit.
"My wife was pretty upset when we first got here and didn't know what to do," he said.
"The staff were brilliant. They treat you like you're the most important person in the world."
Mr Hourigan searched for artists who were willing to sell their works in the exhibition and donate a portion of the amount to the unit.
More than 50 artworks were made available by mostly North Coast artists. The exhibition includes two personally signed prints by legendary Australian artist Pro Hart and a range of works by respected maritime artist Gary Winter.
Mr Hourigan, a bird and landscape artist himself, said the quality of art submitted for the exhibition had blown him away.
"It's probably the best art I've ever seen at a small exhibition," he said.
From every piece sold, 30% of the money will be donated to the unit. Cancer Care and Haematology Unit office manager Richard Jux said the extra funds would go a long way.
"The health system is being cut like most government departments, so anything that we can put towards helping patients is valuable," he said.
The bulk of the funds will be used to assist patients with accommodation and travel and to make the unit a more comfortable atmosphere for patients.
Entry is free to the exhibition, which officially started on Friday and will continue from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, for at least the next two weeks.