The winning ticket in the Pollyanna Pickering Foundation 2010 Summer Prize draw has been drawn by comedian and television presenter Graham Norton.
The lucky winner, Mr Wright of South Wingfield, Derbyshire has won an original painting of a tiger cub.
Familiar to most people as the host of his BBC1 chat show, and shows including Strictly Dance Fever and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Graham Norton is in fact also a keen wildlife lover and conservationist, and he was happy to give up his time to join Pollyanna to draw the winning ticket.
Two years ago, Graham left his pet dog, Bailey, at home to head for the remote Ethiopian Highlands in search of the Ethiopian Wolf, for a ‘Saving Planet Earth’ documentary. The two made contact after Pollyanna travelled to the same area a year later, the first ever wildlife artist to visit this region to paint the wolves.
Both Graham and Pollyanna worked with Claudio Sillero and the team from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme, which targets the greatest threats to the survival of Ethiopian wolves and their Afroalpine habitat. The Ethiopian wolf is world's most endangered carnivore. Only 500 of the wolves remain, and these are at risk of extinction due to canine diseases.
The £1521.00 raised by the prize draw has been added to the percentage of sales from Pollyanna’s Summer Exhibition ‘Beyond the Great Wall’ to fund the rescue of an Asiatic Moonbear from a bile farm in Vietnam.
First Prize : Original Painting : 1106: Mr A Wright, Derbyshire
Runner up prizes of signed limited edition prints:
1197: Ms M. Ashton, Nottingham
1649 : Mr & Mrs Slack, Derbysire
0801 : Ms S. Green, Chesterfield
1736: Mr & Mrs Kerslake, Uttoxeter
1606: S. Bailey, Chesterfield
1601: Ms Norman, Bury
0371 : Ms Bonser, Warwickshire
1863: L. Blackwood, Cheshire
1626: L. Brocklehurst, Derbyshire
Between the sales of prize draw tickets, donations, and a percentage of sales from the exhibition 'Beyond the Great Wall, the Foundation has raised £5,200.00 which has been used to fund the rescue of an Asiatic moonbear from a bile farm in Vietnam.
With thanks to Graham Norton for giving his time to assist with the Prize Draw!