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Marvin the Meerkat raising funds for the Good Friday Appeal

April 04, 2022 3 min read

$10 from every Marvin the Meerkat Pillowcase sold will be donated directly to the Good Friday Appeal. With Marvin's help, I am able to thank the RCH for the level of care, compassion and hope they offered our family and continue to offer families around the world.   

Our Marvin the Meerkat Pillowcase fundraising for the Good Friday Appeal.  

 

The inspiration behind creating Marvin the Meerkat

In 2020, my beautiful nephew was born with a large ventricular septal defect and experienced heart failure in his first few months. He needed surgery to survive which was not what we expected for him at such a young age.

What helped was knowing he would receive specialist care at the world class Royal Children's Hospital. Having such a reputable hospital with an exceptional standard of care nearby offered a sense of comfort in what was a very difficult time for his family.

Did you know there is a Meerkat enclosure at the Royal Children's Hospital?

The Meerkat enclosure built within the Royal Children's hospital. 

 

During his many visits to the hospital pre surgery, he was able to watch the Meerkats in the Meerkat enclosure built within the RCH and maintained by the Melbourne Zoo. 

The delightful meerkats offered a welcomed distraction and a spark of joy to all of the children and carers who stopped by.

It was after learning about the enclosure and the positive impact the meerkats have on patients, families and carers, that I was inspired to paint. I wanted to create a character that captured the essence of what the Meerkats brought to the children. Marvin the Meerkat was born. 

Creating Marvin the Meerkat

The original watercolour artwork of Marvin the Meerkat in progress 

 

Before I put paintbrush to paper, I spend a lot of time dreaming up who this character will be. I guess you can say I create my characters from the inside out. Working on their unique personality and traits is important before starting the artwork as it determines so much about what the final character will look like.

From the minute I decided to create Marvin, I had a strong sense of who he would be. He was kind and compassionate, hopeful and comforting.

It was my hope that when people saw Marvin they would feel at ease in his company. They would feel seen and listened too.

Giving back to the Royal Children's Hospital

Our Marvin the Meerkat Pillowcase fundraising for the Good Friday Appeal.  

 

The Good Friday Appeal raises funds to enable The Royal Children’s Hospital to provide world class care to children.

This year we are an official fundraiser for the Good Friday Appeal. 

$10 from every Marvin the Meerkat Pillowcase sold will be donated directly to the Good Friday Appeal.

With Marvin's help, I am able to thank the RCH for the level of care, compassion and hope they offered our family and families around the world.   

I hope our Marvin the Meerkat pillowcases can offer a sense of comfort and spark some joy to those that need it most. 

Help support our Good Friday Campaign and purchase your Marvin the Meerkat Pillowcase here.  

Colour Marvin to win! 

Marvin Meerkat Colouring Competition

With the Easter school holidays here and kids and parents looking for activities to enjoy, we have created a Marvin the Meerkat colouring competition to keep those little hands busy and creative! 

3 simple steps:

1. Download your colouring sheet here

2. Get creative and colour Marvin in all the colours! Have some fun!

3. Take a photo with your finished Marvin artwork and tag us on instagram @formebydee

The winner will receive 1 x A4 Print of Marvin the Meerkat signed by Dee

We will announce the winner via Instagram on the 22nd April 2022

Good luck and have fun! 

 



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