A healthcare charity are calling on kids to get creative with the launch of a national competition to design a charity mascot.
North Wales’ NHS Charity, Awyr Las, officially launched their ‘Mascot Competition’ at Ysgol Bontnewydd on Friday, where current cancer patient Irfon Williams spoke to staff and pupils about the difference the charity has made to his experience in hospital.
Awyr Las helps brighten patients’ days. The charity supports projects, research and equipment which go above and beyond what the NHS in North Wales is able to provide.
“We’re calling on pupils from Primary and Secondary Schools across North Wales to design an original and striking mascot which will be used to promote the work of the charity at fundraising events across North Wales” explained Liz Aylett, the Head of Arts Therapies for the NHS in North Wales, one of the Competition judges.
The first round of entries will be judged by local artists, before a winner is chosen by a panel which includes opera and concert singer Rhys Meirion, Wales’ Children’s Commissioner Keith Towler, and Simon Cotton, the founder of View Creative Agency, the competition sponsors.
Mr Towler said:
“The mascot competition is a great way for school children across the region to showcase their creativity while learning more about Awyr Las’ important work.”
Rhys Meirion added:
“As a Patron of Awyr Las I know what a huge impact the charity is making to help improve healthcare across the region. I’m really looking forward to seeing the children’s entries.”
The competition winner will spend a day with award winning design agency View Creative, where they will work with designers to bring their original mascot design to life.