The art of fundraising

Woodend Lions Club is holding a Second Chance Art Sale inviting local artists and collectors to donate their unused or unneeded works. (L-R) Linda Healy, Barry McDonald and Mark Lamb. (DamjanJanevski) 299441_01

A Macedon Ranges community group is calling on residents to donate unused or unwanted art to raise money for the region’s low-income families.

Woodend Lions Club will unveil its inaugural fundraising Second Chance Art Sale, happening Saturday, October 1, at St Ambrose Hall.

President Barry McDonald said the club had connected with the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group (MRSG) to support its Healthy Homes Project, which aims to improve the energy efficiency of eligible houses in the region.

“MRSG is interested in the impact on the environment and the quality of people’s lives, and Woodend Lions’ mantra for the last number of years is that people in our town shouldn’t be going cold or shouldn’t be going hungry,” Mr McDonald said.

The club is well known for its annual art show, now running for 47 years, and Mr McDonald said the Second Chance Art Sale was a chance for people to rehome their unwanted or unused pieces.

“There are a lot of people downsizing, who are just shifting houses, people who are modernising their collection and want something more contemporary,” Mr McDonald said.

“There’s a whole lot of people who just keep on loving art and have pieces [lying around].

“If you’re just moving to the Macedon Ranges and your walls are bare, you might think, I might pick up a couple of nice pictures for not very much [money].”

If you want to donate some of your own art, or pieces you no longer need, email

Elsie Lange