A host of stars from the art world, television, film, music and sport are lending their support to Pitney Bowes’ ‘Pushing the Envelope’ auction in aid of the National Literacy Trust.
Now entering its sixth year-demonstrating Pitney Bowes commitment to the National Literacy Trust, the charity auction sees stars put pen to envelope to create bespoke works of art. New for Pushing the Envelope 2009, is the introduction of a theme ‘The words that mean most to you’ reinforcing the literacy message.
Strong names have already pledged their support. Sir Ian McKellen provides a Shakespeare inspired design while artist Mimi Leung’s colorful design asks us not to take life too seriously and Olympian Colin Jackson’s ‘sunshine’ encourages us to always look on the bright side.
The designed envelopes will be auctioned on eBay starting November 2 and bidders will have up to 10 days to secure their favourite piece. Interested bidders can view a selection of the envelopes at the campaign’s website www.pitneybowes.pushingtheenvelope.info
Patrick Jelly, Managing Director at Pitney Bowes UK commented: “Pushing the Envelope provides a fantastic opportunity for people to buy an original piece of art by a favourite celebrity for themselves or as a truly individual gift.”
National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas added: “Poor literacy affects millions of children, young people and adults in the UK today. The National Literacy Trust campaigns to raise awareness of the vital importance of literacy and delivers innovative projects to reach those most in need of support.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to Pitney Bowes and all the stars taking part in this year’s Pushing The Envelope. With their support we can help more children, families and adults to develop a love of reading and the skills they need to fulfil their potential. We can’t wait to see the designs!”
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