Fundraiser to help victims of violence

Volunteers of Victims of Violence Canadian Centre for Missing Children will be selling artwork until March 31 at the Towne Centre Mall.

Bob Glushek kneels beside a First Nations limited edition serigraph created by Roy Thomas of Thunder Bay. Glushek and a couple of other volunteers will be selling art at the Towne Centre Mall until March 31 as a fundraiser for Victims of Violence Canadian Centre for Missing Children.

Volunteers of Victims of Violence Canadian Centre for Missing Children will be selling artwork by First Nations Canadian artists and well-known American artists until March 31 at the Towne Centre Mall in downtown Kelowna.

Victims of Violence Canadian Centre for Missing Children is a federally registered charitable organization. Its mandate is to provide support and assistance to victims of violent crime and to assist families of missing children in the search for their loved ones.

Seventy-five-year-old Bob Glushek is a volunteer with the organization. He said that the society has come a long way over the years.

“When we started we were lobbying for Victim Services, we were lobbying for victim impact statements,” said Glushek.

“These things have all come to be—the things we used to do are now covered by Victims Services. We’re more into sitting on all the justice committees (now).”

In order to raise money for Victims of Violence Canadian Centre for Missing Children, he and a couple of other volunteers will be selling artwork at the Towne Centre Mall. One hundred per cent of the sales will go to the society.

“I have a lifelong interest in First Nations art. When I retired, the society and I agreed that we could (sell art) as a fundraiser. Then we had a whole slew or art donated to us,” said Glushek.

Glushek said that there are also a number of prints from the Pablo Picasso estate collection up for sale.

“These (are prints of) originals that Marina Picasso, (Pablo’s) granddaughter, inherited. I’m going to have about seven on display.”

Glushek will also be giving away one of the Pablo Picasso limited edition prints through a free draw that is offered to anyone who passes by the art sale. The print up for grabs is currently valued at $4,250.

Two of the founding members of Victims of Violence were Gary and Sharon Rosenfeldt. In 1981, their 16-year-old son Daryn was one of 11 children abducted and murdered by Clifford Olson.

Early efforts of the organization helped establish the RCMP missing children registry, the victims’ bill of rights and victims’ right to attend parole hearings.

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