Canada Post kicked off its annual Community Foundation fundraising campaign with the launch of two new stamps. From the purchase of every 10-stamp booklet, $1 goes to the Foundation.
This year’s release features a whimsical illustration of seven smiling cats. Chosen for their curiosity and independence, these playful creatures are good mascots for strong children. That makes them a perfect match for the Foundation’s mission.
In an exclusive interview, Details had an opportunity to speak with one of the fascinating felines that grace our 2017 Foundation stamps.
Details: Artist and designer Andrew Lewis says he chose cats for the Canada Post Community Foundation stamps because they’re cheeky, inquisitive and independent, though they will always love you and be there when you need them the most. They also nurture their young to be self-reliant, confident and curious. Do you agree?
Cat: Absolutely. I think we’re a terrific symbol for the Foundation. We are curious, we are independent and we want human kids to have those qualities. We’re all about jumps and leaps and climbing high. The Foundation wants kids to climb as high as they can. The Foundation does great things. Ditto for us cats.
Details: What would some of those great things be?
Cat: Let’s say you put an important piece of paper down on the table. We will work hard to get all four paws on that paper. It’s not going to get away. We are nature’s paperweight. And then there are the countless hours we spend knocking things off countertops to ensure gravity is still working. We get it done. The struggle is real.
Details: What else would you like our readers to know?
Cat: That the stamps are amazingly handsome. Andrew did himself and us proud. I would also tell them that the extra $1 for each booklet of stamps makes a huge difference in the lives of children and youth. Over the years, thanks to customers and collectors, $6 million has gone straight into deserving initiatives. Belly rubs all around, folks, for a job well done.