wallabies gone wild

Get ready to go wild for wallabies in 2019

Hospice Isle of Man were joined by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and the Deputy Mayor of Douglas as they unveiled their exciting new community project Wallabies Gone Wild.

The mass participation event Wallabies Gone Wild is scheduled to run in summer 2019 will see the Island brought to life by a mob of beautifully designed wallaby sculptures, painted by local artists.

Event partner, Wild in Art, is one of the leading creative producers of mass-appeal public art events that bring together business and creative sectors with schools and local communities through the creation of uniquely painted sculptures.  Island residents may be familiar with Bee in the City currently in Manchester, the 2014 Commonwealth Games trail in Glasgow, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascot trails, and Go Superlambananas in Liverpool.

As well as bringing together communities, the trails have engaged over 500,000 young people in education programmes, injected £1.7 million into creative industries, raised £10 million for charitable causes and since 2015 have had an economic impact of around £46 million.

Speaking of the partnership with Hospice Isle of Man, Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Director of Wild in Art commented:

“It has been 15 years since I was last involved with a trail on the Island, the Cow Parade, and I’m delighted to be returning to the Island with the Wild in Art team to work with the Hospice in 2019.

While the principle hasn’t changed, art trails have significantly evolved since 2003 and the development of digital media and content sharing has significantly increased the participation and engagement levels that we see around each event, which makes it both exciting and rewarding for all involved.”

Anne Mills, CEO Hospice Isle of Man, commented:

“In our 35th year we wanted to launch a project that gives something back to the community and we believe that this project will provide both direct and in-direct benefits to all involved be it social, economic or wellbeing.

Our focus at Hospice over the next five years is to respond to peoples’ wishes and support even more people to have their care in community settings. This project will provide the perfect opportunity for Hospice to work collaboratively in our community, to promote compassion and raise awareness of our services. This in turn will generate funds ensuring that we continue to be there for you when you need us.”

The key to this project’s success is partnerships and the Hospice is looking for schools, businesses and artists to sign up and get involved. For more information contact them on wallabies@hospice.org.im.

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