Wanted: Skateboard decks for Skateistan fundraiser

Skate power: Lu Quade with some of the decks that will be painted by local artists and auctioned to raise funds for Skateistan charity. He is aiming to auction 50 hand-painted decks at the December 2 auction. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Skate power: Lu Quade with some of the decks that will be painted by local artists and auctioned to raise funds for Skateistan charity. He is aiming to auction 50 hand-painted decks at the December 2 auction. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle zine maker and artist Lu Quade has come up with a novel way of supporting global children’s charity Skateistan.

The charity, founded 10 years ago by Australian Oliver Percovich, runs skateboarding, sport and education centres in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa, with more than 1500 children a week attending the centres. They have a particular emphasis on empowering girls.

Quade is collecting used and broken skateboard decks, sanding them down and distributing them to hip artists, with each assigned a board to turn into artwork.

The indivdually painted boards will sold as artworks at a community auction on Saturday, December 2, at Quade’s shopfront, Tiny Boats, in the Softys complex on Maitland Road, Islington, with all proceeds going to Skateistan.

Artists giving their talent so far include Tamahae Puha, Sophia Flegg, Tom Henderson, Ellie Hannon and Quade himself.

“I’ve got like 25 blank decks,” Quade said. “If I get up to 50 artworks that will be amazing.”