Bus campaign is right on the nose
IT is a simple campaign which has changed the way children use public transport.
A scheme by Dublin Bus to steer children away from vandalism on the buses has been hailed as being at least partly responsible for opening up routes where the vehicles could not previously go.
Yesterday, the latest winners from an art and poetry competition run by Dublin Bus for primary school children were unveiled in a calendar for 2011.
The competition -- which has been in operation since 2002 -- is aimed at instilling a sense of respect in children.
The chairman of Sunderland football club, Niall Quinn, was on hand to pose with the winners of the competition.
"It is an important thing because to grow up understanding the bus and how people in all walks of life depend on it and to come to grow and like it, that is what the whole thing is about," he said.
"Compared to the dark days of six and seven years ago, the turnaround has been great and the young people should be very proud of themselves."
In all, 31 paintings and pieces of poetry have been used in the 2011 calendar following a competition across 26 schools.
"By highlighting the benefits of the bus, the aim was to instill amongst younger customers the damaging effects of vandalism on buses," said CIE chairman Dr John Lynch.
Among those at the unveiling was Felix Ukachukwo and his son Chuka (10), from Clonee, Co Dublin.
"There is a talent in him and it is my job now to develop it for him. He said that he got inspiration from me when I drew a face, but I wouldn't describe myself as a very beautiful artist," Mr Ukachukwo said.
Meanwhile, photographs of 30 'local heroes' taken by students were also unveiled yesterday.
Pupils from Larkin Community College in central Dublin had taken the portraits of the teenagers' heroes from the local community, with the help of mentors who are professional photographers.
The portraits are at the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks until January 31. Entry is free to everyone.