Wednesday 22 October 2014

Environment at the art of the matter in children's calendar

Published 04/12/2013 | 05:36

Sarah McConkey, Corporate Head of HR Astellas (seated, centre), who presented the prizes in the Annual Astellas Christmas Calander Art Competition to winners Lucy McMahon, Marie Culhane, Jodie Ann Mulligan, Eanna Murphy, Jake O'Reilly, and back, from left; Orlaith O’Sullivan, Lucy Barrett, Aoibh O’Connell, Cora Joy, Triona Clifford, Noreen O’Sullivan, Makaela Crowley and Rebecca Prendergast with Connie Brosnan of Irish Kidney Association and Gina Halliday, Senior Health and Safety Officer at Astellas, Killorglin on Wednesday.

THE environment is in sharp focus in the annual Astellas children's art calendar that was launched last week and charity will benefit as well with all proceeds from the impressive publication going to The Irish Kidney Association.

The calendar features 13 entries sent in by primary and secondary school pupils across mid and south Kerry who explore various approaches to the need for a cleaner and greener environment.

The result is an imaginative and colourful publication that's certainly eye-catching.

Milltown Presentation Secondary School pupil Rebecca Prendergast (16) has the honour of being on the calendar's front cover and it's eight-year-old Lucy McMahon from Glenbeigh NS whose work features in the January entry.

Other entries making the final cut included Milltown Presentation's Noreen O'Sullivan, Lucy Barrett and Triona Clifford; Makaela Crowley, ISK; Eanna Murphy, Cullina NS; Cora Joy, Scoil Realt Na Mara; Maria Culhane, Kilgobnet NS; Jodie Ann Mulligan, St Francis Special School; Jake O'Reilly, Castledrum; Orlaith O'Sullivan, Scoil Mhuire, Killorglin and Aoibh O'Connell. A number of students also received 'highly recommended' awards.

Gina Halliday of Astellas in Killorglin said the company had been hugely impressed with the entries, adding that the final selection had been a difficult one for the judges.


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