In the lead up to our CMRF major fundraising event Wine & Art, we are excited to introduce you to the generous individuals, businesses and organisations helping us raise funds for vital health research in Canterbury.
Bala is a New Zealander of Indian origin. She was born in East Africa where she lived in Nairobi and has also lived in India and England. She settled in New Zealand as a medical specialist in 1973 and has been painting since 1978. She retired from medical practice in 1999 to paint full time.
Her paintings have featured at our fundraising auction for many years to the delight of avid bidders and art collectors.
“I was introduced to CMRF and their fundraising in about 2006 by long-time volunteer and loyal supporter Julie Hutton.
It was very encouraging when Julie kept in touch with me after the very first auction I donated to, and I felt great excitement at the amount of money my paintings raised for medical research. In fact, I felt so strongly about the cause that in 2009 I started a collection of paintings which will belong to CMRF through my will.
There are 311 paintings in the collection at present and increasing.
Now I paint for CMRF and knowing I’m creating a legacy through CMRF gives me a reason to get going and paint.”