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“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainty” – Erich Fremm.

Art captures attention. It can start up a conversation or fill silence with meaning; it can be the piece of music that calms you, amps you up or transports you to another time. The beauty of art is that behind its surface, there is always a story. Against the Grains (ATG) ambition is to use art to help tell a story of people paying it forward. Using art and music for a bigger purpose is what Against the Grain is all about.

ATG is an initiative that was started by Renee Coffey in 2010 (Originally called Running with Purpose) in order to sponsor children in the Tubehoneza community of Rwanda. It has since grown in to ATG where Renee Coffey and Olivia Marsden are using their art and music to create a median where people can contribute as much or as little as they are able. The contributions will go toward a sponsorship pool used to support various overseas projects in third world countries. It provides people with an opportunity to make a real difference to a community in the third world, no matter how small your budget.

You pick the project: You can choose to support a water project in Tanna Island (Vanuatu) or sponsor a group of children in Tubehoneza, Rwanda. Here’s the challenge. Try to give up one privilege per week whether it be one less indulgent coffee, one chocolate bar, one beer/wine or maybe even one meal and give what you would have spent on the privilege to one of these projects. You can do this for a week to make a donation or become a permanent fixture at Against the Grain. By sponsoring Against the Grain, we have a reason to use our creativity but it also means you can get behind these projects and begin to weave together a story of paying it forward. If you’re keen to become a regular sponsor of ATG then we can keep you updated via our blog on the website. You can become a part of this growing cause and watch it blossom finding new projects and characters along the way.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

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