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Monday 19 August 2019

Boy (7) selling his artwork online to fund new homes for greyhounds

Aaron Smyth (Photo: Paul Smyth)
Aaron Smyth (Photo: Paul Smyth)
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

THIS kind-hearted seven year old is using his artwork to raise money for greyhounds to be re-homed.

Arran Smyth, from Donnybrook in Dublin 4, has started selling prints of his own artwork to raise money for a charity which looks after ex-racing dogs “because he loves them”.

Arran Smyth is selling his artwork for charity
Arran Smyth is selling his artwork for charity

“I really love greyhounds and I want to look after a greyhound someday. I already have a dog called Mr Bojangles. He is a sheepdog,” he said on his website.

“He has always been great at drawing and he is in love with greyhounds too, we all are a bit. So I gently suggested that he put two and two together and it’s really his thing now,” his dad Paul told Independent.ie

“They’ve been flying out the door,” he added.

Although the site has only been live since Sunday night Arran has already sold €800 worth of prints, which are being sold for €25 per print. The funds will go to Homes for Unwanted Greyhounds.

“The way I was looking at it was it’s a gentle way to show him that even though he’s small he can make a real difference in the world,” Paul said.

“The effect it has had on adults is great, especially with the year that it’s been, we all kind of feel we can’t make a difference and they see a picture of this seven year boy and he is doing something,” he said.

Arran Smyth is selling his artwork for charity
Arran Smyth is selling his artwork for charity

As a graphic designer he has access to printers and the task is keeping him busy he said.

Arran is pleased with the demand and has been happily signing the prints before delivery making it a very cute production line his dad said.

His prints can be found here.

Arran Smyth is selling his artwork for charity
Arran Smyth is selling his artwork for charity

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