by Gail Kingsford, Manager, Offender Development

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) is a rare skin disorder that sufferers have likened to living with third degree burns. This painful condition can be very restrictive to sufferers, who, in some cases, must be bandaged every day with dressings to protect and medicate their wounds. In severe cases, many young people who suffer from the disease will not live beyond 21 years of age.

Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association (DEBRA) Australia is a not-for-profit volunteer-based organisation that does not receive any direct Government funding and relies entirely on donations. This organisation was brought to the attention of Brisbane Correctional Centre General Manager Bernie Kruhse, who suggested that one of BCC’s talented Indigenous prisoners might create and donate an artwork to this very worthy cause.

Don Williams, one of Brisbane Correctional Centre’s Cultural Liaison Officers, co-ordinated and supervised the prisoner’s painting of the pictures. The prisoner created two artworks which he has donated to the organisation and which will be auctioned at the DEBRA Benefit dinner later this year.

DEBRA secretary Sue McKenna attended Brisbane Correctional Centre on Wednesday 17 February 2016 to collect the artworks and met with Deputy General Manager Joel Smith and the prisoner. “We are delighted to be able to assist DEBRA,” says Joel. “This organisation provides a much needed and valuable service. Brisbane Correctional Centre intends to continue to seek ways in which we can provide further assistance to DEBRA in the future.”

Pictured: The prisoner presented his artwork to Sue McKenna from DEBRA with Deputy General Manager, Joel Smith.