Over 200 school children from the Colin area have taken part in a community safety themed competition that serves to highlight the importance of respecting essential services such as buses and emergency vehicles.
The “Respect Our Essential Services” competition, organised by Colin Neighbourhood Partnership and supported by PCSP and Translink, saw hundreds of colourful posters designed by local schoolchildren each communicating the message of community safety.
4 schools were involved including St Kieran’s Primary School, Scoil Na Fuiseoige, Good Shepherd Primary School in Poleglass, and Holy Evangelist Primary School in Twinbrook.
3 pupils from each school were put forward for the final with 2 joint winners winning the competition. The joint winners were Abbi Gallagher from St Keiran’s Primary School and Cliodhna Johnston from Scoil Na Fuiseoige. The girls were presented with a certificate and goody bag by new Lord Mayor of Belfast, Deirdre Hargey, in a small ceremony at Belfast City Hall. The girls’ winning posters will also be displayed on all West Belfast Translink buses.
Joint winners of Colin Neighbourhood Partnership's "Respect our Essential Services" poster competition are Cliodhna Johnston (left) and Abbi Gallagher (right).
Pictured here with their winning posters alongside Lord Mayor of Belfast, Deirdre Hargey, in Belfast City Hall.
Community Safety Officer with Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Michael George, said: “We are pleased at the high level of involvement with local school kids in this important awareness-raising initiative. Prior to this competition taking place, CNP and the Translink Safety Bus Team visited schools in the Colin area giving talks on the danger of attacks on the essential services, bus services, and vandalism to community facilities. Thanks to taking part in this poster competition, schoolchildren now realise the significance of respecting our essential service and public transport vehicles.”
For more information on initiatives like these contact Michael George at Colin Neighbourhood Partnership on 028 9062 3813.
Finalists in the "Respect Our Essential Services" poster competition with Lord Mayor, Deirdre Hargey (centre).