Hearts of hope

by - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hearts of hope
At the invitation to participate in the campaign Hearts of hope and help National Association of Parents of Children with Cancer NURDOR in their mission of improving the quality of life and treatment of children with cancer in Serbia, that I, as one of the organizers, published on my (old) blog in early July 2016, responded more than 100 polymer clay hobbyists, creatives, artists and enthusiasts from 2 continents - America and Europe. 
From 7 countries (United States, Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) arrived more than 700 creations, of which about 500 were Hearts of hope (brooches/pins in the shape of a heart with a golden ribbon that symbolizes the fight against children's cancer), and the rest was additional donations in the form of jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets), magnets, bookmarks, key pendants... Most artists and enthusiasts have self-made Hearts of hope, but there are several group/collaborative pieces. The largest number of heart-shaped creations, a whopping 180 pieces, are made by members of the Belgrade Association of children and youth with disabilities Blue Shell.
Although the deadline for sending was September 10, 2016, Hearts of hope and other creations have arrived after that date, some even a few hours before the Donors exhibition which was held on October 7, 2016, at the Children's Cultural Center in Belgrade. On event was sold a lot of heart-shaped brooches, and remaining ones are given to NURDOR. Most importantly, during the exhibition for NURDOR was raised 168.490 Serbian dinars (which is around 1,370 Euros), and that money is used for the construction of a new pediatric department of hematology and oncology in Niš.
Since I have a lot of pics (which is due to the size impossible to publish on the blog) I decided to make a video in which are presented all pieces and the names of their creators. Some individuals sent so many pieces, and no matter how I placed them it was hard to fit them all in the frame, so I picked out just a few for a picture. Of course, all of their creations were exhibited at the Donor exhibitions, and many are sold as well.
Finally, I want to especially thanks to several of my dear friends and fellow polymer clay artist who (each in its own way) selflessly helped me during the campaign, and they are Ponsawan Sila, Dr. Ron Lehocky, Leila Bidler, Aleksandra Beba Oluić, Milica Marić, Nataša Marković, Selma Mahmutović and Daniela Mihalik Salma. Another big, huge thank you to each of you for having responded to my call of action and for having invested time, effort and money (for materials and postage) to support this campaign with your gorgeous creations. Also, big thanks to donors who have bought these beautiful creations.

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on my old blog on October 15, 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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