Saturday, April 30th, 2011 - The Constellations Project

When Brisbane photographer and mother of 5, Tanya Love first brought forth the idea of a 2011/2012 financial year calendar to aid the flood appeal in The Lockyer Valley, she had no idea that it would culminate with a launch event, drawing such star power as that of country musician, and former Australian Idol star, Kate Cook.

Brisbane, Qld, 29/04/2011 – Life may still be far from normal in The Lockyer Valley, but Tanya Love, the photographer behind The Constellations Project, and musician Kate Cook are doing all that they can to return smiles to the faces of the flood affected families.

Tanya has been allowed unrestricted access to the homes and lives of the people of Grantham during the weeks since the wall of water hit the town on 10th January, as she has worked to photograph and design a financial year calendar that is aimed not only at raising much needed funds for the community, but in also providing a boost in morale and a piece of collectible memorabilia to commemorate the event. This work has led to the launch of the completed calendar on Saturday 7th May at Grantham, at an event aptly titled "Breakfast With The Stars".

“I am so excited to at last see the final product that is The Constellations Project calendar,” says Mrs Love. “To have a tangible item that we can now sell to channel funds back into the Valley is something that I am so proud to have been able to achieve. During my trips to Grantham, I have become very close to many members of the flood affected community and it is my greatest hope that they are as excited by what the calendar means for their lives as I am.”

The 14 month calendar features photography of the community and the people itself as they rebuild their lives and the artwork is based upon the Persian Proverb of “Only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars”. Hence, the theme chosen for the launch event is "Breakfast With The Stars"; the stars being the flood affected residents of The Lockyer Valley.

The event will see a number of "gifts" given to the community, including numerous items destined for the walls of the brand new Grantham Community Centre that is currently under construction. “I can't wait to share this day of celebration and gift giving with people of Grantham,” Tanya says. “It has been a lot of work to get to this point, but this pales in comparison to the struggles that they have faced since the floods. I only hope that the launch of The Constellations Project is the opening of a new age for the town, and one that is bigger and brighter than ever before”.

Country music star, Kate Cook is just as enthusiastic. She will be joining the celebration by attending the launch event and performing a very special acoustic version of her brand new single, "Survive" for those in attendance. Kate couldn't wait to show her support for The Constellations Project having been raised in The Lockyer Valley herself and seeing those close to her struggling through such difficult times.

“It was absolutely heartbreaking to see the level of devastation created by the floods, the damage and destruction to people’s homes and businesses. For me the suffering that the people were going through seemed unimaginable, deeply sad.  I love that area and felt so helpless.  I wrote "Survive" as a tribute to the heroism and the Australian spirit that shone through in such times of despair." Kate says. "I’m so proud to be a part of the Constellations Project, together we can make a difference to the lives of the people of the Lockyer Valley.”

With the first stock of the calendar due to arrive just in time for the launch, they will be available on the day and are also available through www.theconstellationsproject.com.au and www.thewiggles.com.au. A small number of limited edition photographic art prints, featuring a selection of the calendar images, and a beautiful watercolour print by artist Giuseppe Poli, entitled “Hope On The Hill” are also available via the website in a bid to reach the fundraising goal of $400,000.

The “Breakfast With The Stars” launch event for The Constellations Project flood appeal calendar will be held on Saturday 7th May at the Armstrong family Roadside Stall, directly across the road from Marnell Fuels on Gatton-Helidon Road, Grantham. As well as Kate Cook’s performance, the event will feature a number of fun activities for kids, hot breakfast and presentations to the town of limited edition prints, calendars, and more, with many local businesses contributing generously to make it a wonderful morning. All public are invited to attend the event to show their support and the dawning of a new era for Grantham and The Lockyer Valley.  -END-

The Constellations Project calendar retails for $30 with all proceeds going to the flood affected families of The Lockyer Valley via the Grantham Flood Support Fund and the Hope On The Hill Association.

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When Brisbane photographer and mother of 5, Tanya Love first brought forth the idea of a 2011/2012 financial year calendar to aid the flood appeal in The Lockyer Valley, she had no idea that it would culminate with a launch event, drawing such star power as that of country musician, and former Australian Idol star, Kate Cook.
Tanya Love
P: 0733511611
M: 0458006740
W: www.theconstellationsproject.com.au

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