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I have hesitated to make this post for a long time to try and find the most 'inclusive' or least self-serving way of doing it, somehow I'm concerned about people gate-keeping 'charity' or criticizing me for being too selective. And I have sat on 'how' to go about doing this for fear of criticism, but fuck it, its something that I believe in. Here goes:
In 2008 my partner and I were attacked in a hate-crime in BC, Canada; blah blah, its been well documented. About a year later I read on the news that a young man in Nova Scotia, Canada, Scott Jones, @scjns, was stabbed in a gay-related assault and left paraplegic. Scott was in his 20s, my age at the time, and left paralyzed from the waist down, wheelchair-bound for his forseeable future.
I could not help but feel compelled to reach out to Scott. At the time, I auctioned off a painting at we raised £10k for Scott and the necessary fees as he literally reshaped his entire life.
A few years later, I FINALLY met Scott, and (well, any fears I may have had about meeting or having a lesser-abled friend were instantly swept away,) we became INSTANT friends.
He is an inspiring and beautiful human, in love with music and the arts, and you can actually see his struggles in a documentary entitled LOVE, SCOTT, trailer for which you can see online and which received standing ovations internationally when it debuted 2 years ago.
THE PROBLEM: The last time I was with Scott I couldnt help but notice the creaking sounds his wheelchair made, and I commented on it, and he said something like, it was the sound that 'haunts him, everyday'. Then and there I asked Scott if he would be okay with me getting him a new chair. Scott has never been my 'charity-case' but he is my friend, and I have an avenue to support. (I am also a patron of @diversityrm and with @tht have raised £75,000 in 5 years).
HOW TO HELP: But helping Scott is important to me. I am going to AUCTION off this painting - but you actually wouldn't believe how hard this is to do. Crowdfunding sources ban charity. Other charities refuse to assist with things that don't fund their charity. Its actually a lot trickier than it seems - so screw it, I am keeping it simple. Each entry is £10. Pay £200, get 20x chances to win it. The funds will go to buying Scott a brand-new, top-of-the-line chair. If there is a lot left over I will find both a Canada-based and a UK-based LGBT/disability charity to split the remainder. You simply enter by sending whatever funds you want to www.paypal.me/chairforscott.
So basically, for a minimum of £10, you could win this painting and your donation goes to a great cause.
Please don't send me messages about scam, etc, anyone who has followed me throughout the years knows that charity outreach is a major part of my ethos.
Size: 53.1 W x 59.1 H x 1.2 in
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