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Painting for Africa
WHEN 19-year old Christopher Stranney, a trainee joiner, decided to undertake a five-week voluntary working placement in one of the townships of South Africa, his first task was to raise the £1,500 required by the organisers, Serve.
It did not take him long to come up with a novel and lucrative idea, to sell his own paintings. His love of farm animals, and farm fowl has proven a ready-made source of income. To date, he has sold 35 and has raised around half.
He has until 4th July, when he departs for Rustenberg, to raise the balance and is hoping that readers will come to his aid by buying one of his paintings.
A son of Joe, his employer in the joinery trade and Claire, Christopher’s two brothers, Stephen, now a leader and Peter are also involved in this type of voluntary work.
In fact, he will be meeting up with Stephen, who has been out in Africa for the past few years, on his arrival in Rustenberg.
So, what of his paintings?
“I have always been pretty good at the arts, and I did well at it when I was in St Aidan’s, Der