Famous faces create charity doodles

Published Friday, 16 November 2012
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A multitude of famous faces - from political leaders, to sport stars like Graeme McDowell, to UTV's own Pamela Ballantine and Frank Mitchell - have picked up the sketchpad in support of Action MS.

Famous faces create charity doodles
DUP leader Peter Robinson's sketch of the 'Original Befast Giants'. (© UTV)

The charity has attracted 40 unlikely artists to take part in its unique fundraising project, the Take Art for Action MS Auction.

Among the budding artists is Prime Minister David Cameron, who contributed an artistic offering of a sheep bearing the text 'Thinking of ewe'.

Closer to home, there were impressive efforts from First Minister Peter Robinson who showcased his artistic talents with the Harland and Wolff cranes, which he titled 'The Original Belfast Giants'.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness opted to sketch a favourite spot in his offering 'Fanad Lighthouse, Donegal'.

It wasn't just politicians taking a break from the day job - golfer Graeme McDowell swapped the golf club for the pencil to create 'tee time' which features four coloured golf tees.

UTV's own Pamela Ballantine created 'The Startled Rabbit' and Frank Mitchell produced a cowboy with the comical tagline 'Proof I was a cowboy in art class'.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast produced an outline drawing of City Hall entitled 'Brighter Belfast', which he presented to Action MS at a special reception in the City Hall on Thursday 8 November.

"My artistic flair hasn't been seen since my school days, but I am happy to take it up again for a good cause such as Action MS," the DUP's Gavin Robinson said.

"I hope the money this sketch raises will contribute to a brighter future for those affected by this illness, as well as helping to raise awareness of the good work being done by the charity."

Action MS are confident that will be the case.

"We are very grateful to the Lord Mayor for making the time to support our 'Take Art' campaign. We expect bidders will be very keen to snap this piece up," chief executive Ann Walker said.

The artwork can be viewed and bid for online - all online bids will go forward to the Take Art live auction at Titanic Belfast on Monday 19 November.

The artwork will be taken home by the highest bids on the night.

Alongside the individual sketches, internationally acclaimed artist Neil Shawcross has incorporated all of them into an original piece of art.

All auction proceeds will be used to provide support services for people with multiple sclerosis and their families.

To view, bid and find out more about the campaign, visit the Take Art for Action MS website.
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