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April 23, 2021

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Money leaping off the walls: front and centre local artist Potts ,  rear left, Jami Godfrey from Fishheads, Stepanie Sims form YAC, Scott Iliff and Casey Pamela from Fishheads. Photo Jeff 'Hooked on Art' Dawson
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Byron Bay restaurant Fishheads has made a donation of $1,000 to Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) from money that was raised as its portion of sales of paintings from the restaurant’s walls over the last six months.

Prominent artists including Potts (pictured front and centre) exhibit on the walls of the seafront restaurant, and owners Ralph Mamone and Mark Sims opted to hand over their 10 per cent commission to the group rather than pocketing it themselves.

YAC is run by Byron Youth Service (BYS), which has seen most of its federal funding removed. The group is now almost entirely dependent on community donations.

YAC events and fundraising coordinator, Stephanie Sims, said the organisation ‘simply couldn’t survive’ without them.

‘Earlier this year, we lacked serious government funding, which could have seen doors close, but fortunately due to a huge amount of local support we will be able to continue these services,’ she said.

Fishhheads, owner Ralph Mamone and restaurant manager, Scott Iliff said they will continue to donate their share of the proceeds from artwork sales and are seeking more artists to be involved.

Artists who would like to support the project and have their artwork on display at Fishheads, can forward a short bio and examples of their artwork to [email protected]

Alternatively if you wish to make a donation directly to the Byron YAC contact them at [email protected]

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