Online auction to aid Tin Man artist
Bidding on a painting to raise funds for a Christchurch artist recovering from brain surgery has reached $670.
Cool Bananas, which Tony Cribb painted for the cover of Your Weekend magazine earlier this year, is being sold on Trade Me.
Funds are being donated to his recovery fund.
Cribb, a father of two, has featured in exhibitions from Auckland to Dunedin.
His painted Tin Man character appears on coffee cups, T-shirts, tea towels, fridge magnets, a shipping container en route to Sumner and in his book The Adventures of Tin Man.
He has been a Camp Quality volunteer for 12 years, helping children with cancer.
Friends this week launched an online fundraising effort to help him.
The crowdfunding page set up by his friends has already raised $17,000 - far exceeding its $3000 target, with more than 230 donations.
''Tony and [partner] Pip are two of the kindest souls you'll ever meet. They are loving, kind, generous and have been spreading good karma for a long time now,'' the page says.
''Recovery from surgery might take time and so we're aiming to provide some financial support to this gorgeous man and his family while he works his way back to full awesomeness.''
The art auction is at www.trademe.co.nz/art/paintings/abstract/oil/auction-667843163.htm.
The crowdfunding page is at www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/Tonystinsoldiers.