For our latest project, we have teamed up with the Canadian Liver Foundation, to outfit Canadian Ski Team member, and Olympic bronze medalist, Jan Hudec, in an inspiring helmet for the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup races on November 28 and 29 in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Working with Calgary artist, Miss Anna Hall, and biliary atresia survivor, Dylan Kwan, the three came up with the vision to create a ferocious panda for Jan's helmet design.
For those that know Jan, his nickname is Panda, so you know that this design suits him well. However, what you may not know, is that the Panda bear also symbolizes caring and compassion. Our partnership with the Canadian Liver Foundation is focused specifically around that. Together, we are raising awareness for brave young children like Dylan, who was diagnosed with biliary atresia at the tender age of 8 weeks and required surgery to establish bile flow to his liver. In addition, we are also raising funds to support those working towards finding a cure.
The reality is biliary atresia is a rare disease - affecting roughly 1 in every 10,000 to 20,000 infants. It is progressive and chronic. Today it has no cure. In order for us to affect change and support advancements, we need to start a dialogue and pull together as a community to work together to bring this rare disease to the forefront. For Dylan and his family, seeing other children, especially teenagers, thriving has given them hope. They no longer feel alone in this experience and can draw support from others who have gone through the same thing.
We would be amiss if we didn't acknowledge the amazing work that Miss Anna Hall did with Jan's helmet. 6 weeks ago the helmet was a empty, white canvas, and through her hard work and tremendous skill, it is now an art piece that will catch the eye of even the most discerning art critic.
The PANDAmonium helmet that Jan will be wearing at the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup on November 28 and 29, 2015 will be auctioned off at the Canadian Liver Foundation's LIVERight Gala on November 21, 2015 at the Sheraton Cavalier in Calgary, Alberta. For event information and to purchase your tickets, click here.
In addition to having the opportunity to own an extremely unique piece of sport memorabilia, the auction package includes:
- Fairmont accommodation with one (1) king bed for two (2) nights at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, November 27 and 28
- Exclusive VIP tent access to Canada House, right at the finish line including gourmet mountain fare for lunch, soft and alcoholic beverages, November 28 and 29
- Two-day lift ticket for the Lake Louise Ski Resort, November 28 and 29
- Preferred viewing of the races
- Invitation to special events at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise including the Winterstart Bib Draw & Silent Auction on Saturday evening
If you are interested in placing a bid on the helmet, but are unable to attend the LIVERight Gala, we will be accepting sealed bids until Saturday, November 21 at 1pm MST. Interested bidders can Contact Us to place their bid. During the live auction at the LIVERight Gala, all sealed bids will be included in the live bidding process.