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Snappers donate photos for healing kids

APPRECIATING fine wine, good food and great art will also be for a good cause when nine locally based photographers hold a special exhibition and wine event to help some of Shanghai's most disadvantaged youth.

The photographers, who range from an experienced news photographer with Reuters to skilled hobbyists, will donate their works to the "Awake" exhibition that will be on display at the Rosso Italiano Restaurant and Art from March 12 to 19.

There will be up to 45 works on display featuring scenes and portraits from Shanghai and from the photographers' tours around China and across Asia.

The photographers, all expats living in Shanghai, come from a number of countries and professional backgrounds.

On the final day of the exhibition, the organizers will also cooperate with the Quaffers Club to hold a special wine dinner where a selection of the photographs will be sold at a silent auction.

Most of the photographs will be for sale during the exhibition.

All proceeds go to the Shanghai Healing Home - an organization that runs a 10-bed temporary home for orphaned infants born with a cleft lip or other palate conditions.

The home provides pre- and post-operative care to the babies. Because the infants' condition makes it very difficult for them to feed off a bottle, it can be life threatening.

One of the event's organizers, and also a photographer exhibiting works, is Ecuadorian Jorge Villota. He says he was inspired to hold an exhibition after taking pictures of migrant children playing at a school.

"We hope this will be a glamorous evening with great wine and food that will also do something good to support these children," he says.

"Rather than just asking for donations, this is a way we can help this charity and you can also pick up a piece of photography that you will really like."

The photographers include Israeli Reuters photographer Nir Elias and British photographer Sharron Lovell, who has had works published by The Guardian and Newsweek.

Other photographers with work in the exhibition include Stephen W. Radtke, Jeff Sanford, Petra Ikonen, Vicky Palmer, Elise Grandjean and Mimo Khair.

The EMW wine company is also supporting the event.

Tickets to the wine dinner cost 500 yuan (US$73) for Quaffer's members and 600 yuan for non-members if purchased before March 15.

Tickets sold at the door cost 600 yuan for members and 700 yuan for non-members and are available by contacting Dorinne at 1363-6416-414,; Nicki at 1381-7876-190; or Christina at 1376-4321-089,

"Awake" exhibition

Date: March 12-19

Address: 1-218 Shajing Rd

Tel: 6513-8708


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