Liam Mackin, a Living Paintings volunteer and library member, very sportingly donned his best Wizard of Oz costume to go collecting this Christmas on behalf of Living Paintings. Liam, and his father, Dean, managed to collect a fantastic amount. In his own words, Liam tells us more about the event…
“Two years ago a local fancy-dress shop was having a closing down sale and I bought, amongst other costumes, a full set of Wizard of Oz costumes including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.
A couple of weeks later my Dad had the idea that we could use these costumes to help raise some money by doing a street collection. We researched this and applied for a permit.
Each year since we have dressed as the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion to raise money on Christmas Eve for a nominated charity.
This year we have decided to fundraise for Living Paintings because I have been involved with the charity for a number of years; as a library member, an editor, and over the past four years, a speaker – at events such as the ‘Wanted’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Children’s Media Conference. This year we chose our pitch outside the Kirkgate shopping centre in the centre of Bradford to collect, and we raised a grand total of £113.49 – all of which will be donated to Living Paintings.
Throughout 2014 we will continue to raise money for Living Paintings and hope to have another similar collection in the Summer.
If you too like Liam, would like to donate to Living Paintings, then please do click here to Donate online”.