I only took five photographs during the entire two-day event (why photograph when there are friends - old, new, and never previously met - to catch up with?!) and all five photographs featured Connor Maclean (pictured at left, with his Mum Cheryl). Connor had been present during the Two Day Conference come Workshops, and I had noticed him engaging with numerous artists/cartoonists/people throughout that time, without my having engaged with him. You can learn about Connor with an old Ray Martin Interview from Sixty Minutes here.
Sitting at Cheryl and Connor's table, I was able to get to know Connor a little better than I had in the Conference Workshops. (I'll talk of the Workshops in my next Blog Posting.) Connor was at the Award Ceremony to raise funds for his second home, Sydney's Westmead Children's Hospital. Some original artwork was auctioned off on the the night and some serious dollars were raised. Even though Connor is not of legal age, I donated my 'winnings' for Best Cartoon of the Night (a case of wine) to Connor's cause. I hope he can raffle it off and add to the amount raised on the night. In some ways, I am of the opinion that the Australian Cartoonists' Association could/should do a little more in the way of generating both funds for Connor's 'home' and some community goodwill/positive publicity for the Association with an idea I have that I shall put to Connor and the Australian Cartoonists' Association in due course (i.e. not here, not now).