Youngcare ambassador Josh Hazelwood on #TheBigDrive in Coffs Harbour

Josh Hazelwood and his two sculptures on #TheBigDrive at Coffs Big Banana.

MELBOURNE artist Josh Hazelwood was in Coffs Harbour on Sunday 1 October with two big friends who he introduced to visitors at the Big Banana.

Celebrated for his intricate and expansive sculptures, Josh is creating awareness around his appointment as Youngcare’s newest ambassador by driving two specially designed sculptures from Melbourne to their new home in Brisbane.

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Youngcare is a not-for-profit that supports young Australians living with physical disabilities.

Josh kicked off his collaboration with the charity through #TheBigDrive fundraising initiative, a four-day road trip adventure from 29 September to 2 October with the sculptures in tow.

Stopping off along the way at iconic Australian ‘Big Things’, this initiative is dedicated to raising vital funds for Youngcare’s mission.

On his way out of Coffs Harbour Josh told News Of The Area, “Everyone was supportive of Youngcare’s mission and amazed by the scale of the sculptures next to the Big Banana.

“Families and kids alike enjoyed checking them out.

“We wanted to use the attention the sculptures bring as a tool to make change and an impact.

“Although raising funds is our purpose, I feel my main goal will be creating as much awareness for Youngcare’s mission as possible and making sure it has a positive impact for the future.”

One of the magnificent sculptures on the journey with Josh is called ‘A Mother’s Touch’ and symbolises the dedication of mothers and caregivers; approximately 70 percent of the nearly 2.65 million unpaid caregivers in Australia are women, making the monument a significant homage to Youngcare’s mission.

The second sculpture is called Dedicated to the Sun.

“It is based on my personal experience of waking up early to pursue my passions.

“I hope it motivates audiences to prioritise what matters most to them and serves as a reminder of the significance of taking time for yourself.”

Both sculptures are destined for two beautiful residential homes on Stuartholme Road, Bardon, backing onto Stuartholme School.

Established in 1920, Stuartholme School is a secondary day and boarding school for girls.

“The sculptures pay homage to the strong women and leadership figures that have emerged from the school over the last 100-plus years,” said Josh.


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