Badge of honour for Living Streets competition winner
Mon, 07 Jul 2014
South Ayrshire schoolboy, Lee Beattie, who won a Living Streets’ Walk Once a Week (WoW) badge design competition, travelled to London recently to collect his prize at a glittering award ceremony.
Lee received a trophy featuring his design from children’s author Loretta d’Souza who also presented him with a copy of her bestselling book ‘Speak to the Paw Cos the Cat’s Not Listening’.
Lee (10), who attends Forehill Primary, designed a badge featuring a firefighter and his design was one of eleven chosen from 140,000 entries on this year’s theme When I Grow Up.
Each design will feature on one of the monthly badges awarded to children who take part in Living Streets’ walk to school scheme WoW. Around 300,000 of the badges, made from recycled yoghurt pot material, are distributed each month and Lee’s will be given out next May.
Loretta, who helped to judge the competition, said: “I was amazed at how creatively everyone interpreted the theme and the high quality of the artwork. It was a tough job selecting only eleven, but they’re all very worthy winners.”
Living Streets Scotland Schools Coordinator, Chris Thompson, said: “This is a huge competition across the UK so it’s great to have a winner in Ayrshire. The badges are a big incentive for children and we hope Alex’s success will inspire other schools to take part in WoW Scotland. Children not only enjoy their walk to school and collecting the badges, but the exercise helps to keep them fit and well today and safeguard their health for the future.”
Councillor John McDowall, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment said: “Hearty congratulations to Lee, whose badge design was excellent and it’s great he has put South Ayrshire and Forehill primary school on the map.
“Walking to school is a perfect way to stay healthy and collecting badges for doing this is a brilliant idea to motivate pupils to do it more often and I’m delighted Lee’s badge will be one of those being collected. Well done!”