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Canadian Celebrities Paint for A Brush of Hope

December 10, 2012

Original artwork raises more than $15,500 in support of kidney disease

FREDERICTON, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ – The Kidney Foundation in
collaboration with UPS Canada worked together to help raise funds for
kidney research.  A Brush of Hope is a fundraising event where Canadian
celebrities paint original pieces of art which are then put up for
auction.  This year’s celebrity artists included: Leonard Cohen, Biff
Naked, Tegan Quin of Tegan & Sara, Natalie MacMaster, Ashley MacIsaac,
Alannah Myles, Mike Smith “Bubbles” of Trailer Park Boys, Jayne
Eastwood and Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

“It is with the support of UPS Canada, our Canadian celebrities and the
contributions and donations from people around the world that we are
one step closer to finding a cure for kidney disease,” says Linda
Garwood, The Kidney Foundation Office Manager.

The Canadian celebrities’ masterpieces were on display at various
galleries in Atlantic Canada from October 18- 28.  Residents in Saint
John and Fredericton, NB and St. John’s, NFLD were able to view them in
person.  Those who were unable to attend the galleries could see and
bid on the paintings through eBay.  Some of the celebrities
participating in the charity have a personal connection to The Kidney

“In 1990, I lost my dear brother Dean to kidney disease and it has
always been a cause my entire family and I have always supported.
Having a chance to put brush to canvas, in order to benefit such a
worthy cause, has allowed me to create what I like to think is ‘happy
art’, simple artwork that can express hope and happiness for those
battling kidney disease,” said Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Wrestler. “I
will continue to proudly support one of the worthiest causes that gives
hope to those in need with kidney disease.  Thank you for letting me be
part of such a noble crusade.”

This year A Brush of Hope raised more than $15,500 and the highest
auctioned piece belonged to Leonard Cohen which sold for $2,088.

“There were some amazing paintings for auction and although not all the
celebrities asked to participate are artists, each one crafted
something unique, beautiful and personal for a great cause,” said Korby
Banner of Style By Jury. “As a 2012 spokesman for A Brush of Hope I
thank every contributor, organizer and most wholeheartedly the buyers
that make a huge positive impact on this project!” 

UPS Canada partnered with A Brush of Hope for a special reason. Ten
years ago, Darren Martin, a Fredericton employee, had a kidney
transplant.  The company wanted to show its support for Darren and to
The Kidney Foundation of Canada by being a proud sponsor.  A Brush of
Hope raises funds for critical research of kidney disease. Currently,
there is no cure.

You can also visit www.kidney.ca/nbpei or join the Facebook group ‘A Brush of Hope’ to learn more about the
event and how you can help find a cure.

About The Kidney Foundation of Canada
The Kidney Foundation of Canada is the national volunteer organization
committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease through funding and
stimulating innovative research, providing education and support,
promoting access to high quality healthcare and increasing public
awareness and commitment to advancing kidney health and organ donation.

About UPS
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range
of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the
facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced
technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 220 countries and
territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at UPS.com
and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

SOURCE UPS Canada Ltd.

Source: PR Newswire