Donkeys from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary will be visiting Otterton Mill near Budleigh Salteron on Friday 1st October 2010 between 1pm and 3pm to launch a new exhibition of children’s paintings from India. Pupils from the local school have also been invited along.
The owners of Otterton Mill have kindly agreed to exhibit The Donkey Sanctuary’s paintings for a month in the restaurant. The artwork has been painted by children in an area of India where the charity currently works to improve donkey welfare through education and veterinary work.
Pupils of Otterton Church of England Primary School will visit the mill in the afternoon and will have the chance to view the paintings, and meet and groom the donkeys from the Sanctuary’s Education and Activities Unit. Members of the public are also invited to come along.
Dawn Vincent says: “We wanted to share these wonderful paintings and are grateful to Otterton Mill for such a warm welcome. The paintings give an insight into our work internationally and the children who painted them were inspired by one of our educational visits to their school in Ahmedebad in north western India. The children have depicted donkeys that help their families earn a living, either as potters or railway maintenance staff. Pay is meagre in these areas of work and as a result donkeys are often overworked and overloaded.”
Caroline Spiller, owner of Otterton Mill, said "We're delighted to support The Donkey Sanctuary's work in this way, and hope we can help to raise community awareness of the vital work it does in improving donkey welfare all over the world. We are also particularly pleased to welcome all of the children from Otterton Primary School on a special visit to interact with the donkeys and view the paintings."
The Donkey Sanctuary has been working in India since 1998 and works to alleviate the suffering of sick or injured donkeys by providing veterinary care and preventative treatment, and works in partnership with communities, to equip them to deliver this care themselves. The charity relies entirely on donations to continue its vital work worldwide.
The Donkey Sanctuary is interested in exhibiting the paintings at other venues in Devon. Please contact the Press Office if you can help on 01395 573097.