Limited Edition prints ‘Solace in the Wind' available to support the Fertility Fund
The Fertility Funding Charitable Trust has been established to help fund fertility treatment for those in need. 1 in 4 New Zealanders will face infertility when trying to start a family. Of those seeking help many will not be able to access treatment, due to their age or cause of infertility. The photographed print "Solace in The Wind", by renown sculpture Max Patté can be purchased by donating $750 to the Fertility Funding Charitable Trust
The print captures Patté's most recognisable sculpture which was first sited on the Wellington waterfront 10 years ago.
Originally from the UK, Patté moved to Wellington to work at the Weta Workshop as Head Sculptor. He describes this sculpture and the ones that followed as ‘Emotional portraits', inward-looking and contemplative pieces that flow from his own decision to make the room and time in his life his art". Patté originally loaned the two-metre iron sculpture ‘Solace in the Wind’ to the Wellington city for one year, then after capturing the heart of the public, it went on to win the Peoples' Choice Award for Favourite Sculpture at the Wellington Civic Trust Awards.
The print was photographed by Jenn/Jeff McEwan and a limited edition of only 75 prints have been made available to support the Fertility Fund.
Patté's work has gone on to be a preference of notable art collectors around the world including Sir Ian McKellan, Charles Saatchi, Stephen Fry and Sir Peter Jackson. Other pieces of Patté's work can be found on Sir Michael Hill's Arrowtown golf course. For your own framed, signed exclusive print simply make a donation of $750. You will then be contacted directly to arrange delivery. Thank you for considering the Fertility Funding Charitable Trust. By purchasing this exclusive print, you can give hope to a woman or couple in need of fertility treatment.
We are proud to announce that at the end of 2016 we were able to give out our first funding grant to help give a Christchurch couple another chance.
Radio NZ covered the story over the summer, highlighting the trust and the need for funding. "A trust set up to help fund fertility treatment for people who do not fit the criteria for public funding is receiving an application a week.The Fertility Funding Charitable Trust has made its first grant to a Christchurch couple for a cycle of IVF treatment. The trust has been established by Fertility Associates, whose medical director, Simon Kelly, said there were gaps in public funding for women over 40 with unexplained infertility, or who had already had a child"
"Christchurch woman Bodeine said she and her partner got public funding for an IVF cycle that produced their first child, but could not afford $15,000 for treatment for a second child. She said news their application for funding from the trust was successful came after they lost a baby during a pregnancy that her father helped to fund. "I just cried and cried and cried and I don't even know if what I said made sense when I got the call, but it was the best news we'd had all year - it was amazing."