A young Jerrinja artist has raised hundreds by selling prints of his original artwork to give back to a program close to his heart.
Koby Wellington, 11, raised over $540 by selling his prints of Cullunghutti Mountain - which he said is "a very significant site for my people here on the South Coast".
"It means a lot in Aboriginal culture," he said when he spoke of the mountain.
"As Traditional Owners, it's heaps important we protect it and keep it safe."
Koby presented the funds to Uncle Charlie Ashby at the Cullunghutti Aboriginal Child and Family Centre on Thursday and requested the money go directly to the Koori Mentoring Program.
"I just wanted to help out where a little bit of help was needed," said Koby.
Uncle Charlie, the engagement and education officer at Cullunghutti, runs the program and said it involves visiting schools to mentor Aboriginal students and strengthening their connection to culture.
He was "blown away" by Koby's fundraising efforts.
"All of a sudden, Koby rocked up at Cullunghutti and presented me with the money and I was speechless," said Uncle Charlie.
"You don't see that stuff anymore, let alone someone of his age.
"Koby is very in touch with his culture and he's blossomed into the staunch young kid that he is."
Koby has been involved with Cullunghutti's programs and services since he was four years old and said it was the Koori Mentoring Program that has helped him learn more about his culture.
Uncle Charlie said the money raised will go towards resources for the program including materials to make clap sticks and cultural packs to be sent to kids to use during lockdown.
Koby said it took half a day to create the original dot painting on canvas. He then made it into a digital print and his mother Amy Smith helped him sell 100 copies over social media.
He didn't expect to sell so many prints and expressed his gratitude to those who bought a copy.
"I thought I would only sell five, but I sold 100," he said.
Passionate about immersing himself into his culture, Koby is the School Captain of Nowra East Public School and is involved in traditional dancing and playing the didgeridoo .
He hopes to pursue performing arts in the future.
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