1st November 2010
Local MP presents prizes to Litter Angels winners
Nearly 100 people packed the Avenue Theatre last Friday (October 22nd) for a “squash and biscuit” reception before local MP, Gordon Henderson, joined the Mayor of Swale, Cllr Steve Worrall, to present local school children and their schools with prizes in this year’s “Litter Angels” competition.
”Litter Angels” is an anti-litter awareness campaign, which was started three years ago by Gordon Henderson to encourage young people to think about littering and its effect on the local environment by using art as a creative and educational tool. This year the children were asked to design anti-litter posters and sculptures, such as wild flowers, out of discarded rubbish.
The Mayor presented prizes to children from seven local primary schools and groups that took part in the competition. These were Bapchild and Tonge, Murston, Diversity House, St Edwards, St Peters, Eastchurch and Minterne.
The overall winning poster was designed by Kacey Unsworth, who attends Bapchild and Tonge Church of England Primary School. Kacey and her school each received a cheque for £25, which was presented by Matthew Hogben, Business Manager from Sittingbourne McDonald’s, who sponsored this year’s competition and will be displaying the winning poster in all their local restaurants.
Murston Junior School won the prize for best sculpture design in their wildlife garden and Alfie Swetman-Savage from Bapchild and Tonge won a special award for the under-7 category, which was donated by the Polka Dot Art Gallery, who were co-sponsors of “Litter Angels”.
This year’s competition was organised by well known local artist, Sioux Peto, who said:
“This year has been an amazing success. We were so impressed with the attitude and creativity of all the young people who took part in the competition. It was refreshing how much they all knew about recycling and why they shouldn’t drop litter. It was obvious that they genuinely want to help keep our local environment clean and tidy.
“The standard of work produced was extremely high, professional and imaginative, both in the poster design and the sculpture workshops. It made the judging very difficult.
“I really want to thank all the young people who were involved this year and the schools that let us into their classrooms and encouraged their pupils to take part. We should be proud of them all for their commitment to making our future cleaner and greener.”
Gordon Henderson added:
“Reducing the amount of litter in our streets and parks is the quickest way in which we can make a real impact on our local environment. I started “Litter Angels” because I felt that encouraging primary school pupils to get into the habit of not dropping litter would lay the foundations for a cleaner tidier Britain when they grow up.
“This year’s “Litter Angels” competition was the best ever, thanks to the hard work of Sioux Peto and wonderful support from McDonald’s and the Polka Dot Art Gallery.
“I know that Sioux is already planning next year’s competition and wants to extend it to an older age group. So if you are a local primary school, or, community group who deals with young people from 16 to 24 years of age, and you care about you local community and environment, I would urge you to take part.”
Interested schools and community groups can contact Sioux Peto on 01795 428150 or 01795 521167.