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Art Auction for CAMFED

BBC Radio York’s Elly Fiorentini conducting the art auction.

29 June 2006 - Two doctoral students from York persuaded artists from as far afield as the USA and Malawi to donate works of art for an auction in support of CAMFED. In one night, they raised more than £5,000 for girls’ education in Africa.

The proceeds from the auction – which was organised by Jessica Murray and Janet Peukert from the University of York’s Women’s Studies Centre – will support 70 girls through secondary school for one year in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania.

“We chose CAMFED because we wanted to support a charity that brought together a lot of issues that Janet and I care about, including gender imbalance, girls’ education and the developing world,” said Jessica Murray. “CAMFED does all of that.”

Featured artists included Michael Khumalo from Malawi, who contributed a sculpture called Proud Woman, inspired by rural women in the community where he grew up.

The event took place in the magnificent Archbishop’s residence in York – Bishopthorpe Palace. The costs of hosting the event were generously covered by the Graduate Training Centre at the University of York.

CAMFED would like to thank everyone who contributed to the event. A big thank you also to BBC radio presenter Elly Fiorentini for conducting the auction.


There is still a chance to bid on a few remaining items, including a painting by acclaimed Estonian artist Vitali Kuznetsov. See the remaining lots and instructions on how to bid at

You have until midnight (GMT), Friday, July 14th to send in a bid for one of these three paintings. All proceeds will go directly to CAMFED. Good luck!



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