The Matthew Jones Foundation was established in 2009, to honour the memory of Di and Bill Jones’ son Matthew. Matthew was born with physical and mental disabilities that required specialist care, and after his sudden death at 34 years of age, the foundation was established to support the type of disability service facilities that gave Matthew joy in life.
The Matthew Jones Art Awards brings children from local schools together to create artwork and raise money for this special cause, with proceeds from the first few years donated to Wairoa School and the Warrah Special School where Matthew was cared for and spent a significant part of his life. In 2016 the event was expanded into the Southern Highlands including Tangara School in Mittagong and over $60,000 has been raised by the foundation since its inception in 2009.
Local businesses we need to thank who also made valuable contributions over the seven years in the Eastern Suburbs include; Thomas Dux Grocer, Hotel Ravesi Bondi, Jo Malone’s Woollahra, Chiswick Restaurant and Bar, Woollahra Hotel, Bistro Moncur, Model Co, Lesley McKay’s Bookshop, Murphy Gozzard, Laduree, Studio Canal, Absolute Party Hire and Dennis West Photography.
PATRONS TO THE MATTHEW JONES FOUNDATION
Dr Gene Sherman AM (PhD) Chairman and Executive Director of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.