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Wrap King transforms van for homeless charity

Two-time global Avery Dennison Wrap King Nick Caminiti of Exotic Graphix has teamed up with leading wrap trainer Justin Pate of US-based The Wrap Institute to transform an old van for The Big Umbrella charity group in Melbourne.

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Justin Pate (far right), Nick Caminiti (standing, 2nd from right) and the team from Exotic Graphix

“It was an awesome opportunity to work with Justin and on such a worthy cause too,” said Caminiti, who created the design and offered the use of his workshop in Carrums Down for the live wrap session. “We’re grateful to have the opportunity to pay it forward with The Big Umbrella just doing what we love best.”

Pate, who’s in Australia to conduct a series of wrap workshops, joined Caminiti and the team of installers from Exotic Graphix on the six-hour job to transform the van, which has ferried more than 22,000 volunteers over eight years to deliver hot meals to the homeless living in Melbourne.

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The vehicle was in need of a new look, according to Big Umbrella Foundation volunteer Lucy Alasso. “What a great result bringing our van to life! This will make a difference to being noticed and getting more volunteers and supporters on board. We can't thank Avery Dennison enough for this opportunity and for introducing us to the amazing Justin Pate and talented guys at Exotic Graphix."

Pate is conducting 10 Advanced Wrapping Workshops across Australia and New Zealand on his tour, aiming to help experienced wrap installers sharpen their skills and share his Universal Graphic Installation System (UGIS).

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 Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute

 “The TWI Live event was extra special to do in Melbourne as it gave me an opportunity to work with Nick Caminiti and his crew at Exotic Graphics,” Pate said. “It was great to let people see the transformational power of wraps in real time as well as have the final wrap be for a good cause. To see how happy The Big Umbrella were to essentially get a brand new van was priceless. Huge thanks to Avery Dennison and Graphic Art Mart for collaborating on this event and I hope to do it again next time I’m in Australia or New Zealand.”

The wrap used Avery Dennison Supreme WrappingTM Film the MPI 1105TM Easy Apply RS Supercast Digital film, the DOL 1480Z Gloss Film and the newly launched V-4000 Premium Reflective Film.

Valued at approximately about $10,000, this charity wrap event was made possible with sponsorship from Avery Dennison and Exotic Graphix. An additional $520 of cash donations were contributed by event attendees to The Big Umbrella Foundation to provide hot meals for the homeless in Melbourne.

“It was great to see the two industry experts at work on one project,” said Jordan Leach, senior business manager, Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “This isn’t something that can happen any day and we’re indeed proud to have made it happen in collaboration with our valued partners. We’re even happier to have been able to contribute towards the needs of our local communities and shine the spotlight on the excellent work by The Big Umbrella and their volunteers here.”

 

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