A SOUTH Tipperary young artist has been named the overall winner of a prestigious national art competition. Hayley Carroll (12) of St. Oliver’s National School has been named the overall winner of the annual local National Schools’ Art Competition, sponsored by Abbott’s vascular facility in Clonmel.
Now in its fifth year, the competition was an overwhelming success, as more than 2,000 entries were received from children attending 14 local national schools – nearly double the response received in previous years. The theme that captured the imagination of the local schoolchildren was
“In the Heart of the Community” and asked entrants to illustrate what their community means to them. The colourful submissions included references to the local environment, streetscapes, wildlife, local businesses and residents.
This competition is just one of a number of initiatives undertaken by the team in Abbott’s vascular business in promoting Environmental Health and Safety. It is run in conjunction with the Healthy Heart Walk, also in its fifth year, which took place on Wednesday the 30th May. Hayley’s winning entry, which incorporated all aspects of the local community on a colourful heart shaped background, was featured on the sponsorship card for the walk this year. “We are thrilled with the enthusiastic response we received from the children of Clonmel this year. This competition is a creative and engaging way to connect with children to encourage civic participation, and the associated healthy heart walk is a great community event that promotes healthy living in our community,” said Alan Meehan, Human Resources Director, Abbott Vascular. “As a global health care company focused on discovering new medicines, new technologies and new ways to manage health, we are very pleased to be supporting initiatives that support a healthy community in Clonmel.”
Winners were presented with their prizes at an awards ceremony held at Abbott’s Vascular Facility on Wednesday the 23rd May. The overall winner received a Nintendo Wii Console, the overall winning schools each received a Fujitsu laptop and category winners and runners up received a variety of sports and toy vouchers. Entries were judged by Maureen Purcell, from the South Tipperary Arts Group, Muriel Bryan, Human Resources, Abbott Vascular and John Kennedy, Quality Technician, Abbott Vascular.
Hayley Carroll (pictured), St Olivers National School has been named the overall winner of the annual local National Schools Art Compeition, sponsored by Abbott’s vascular facility in Clonmel. Hayley is pictured recieving her prize from Alan Meehan, HR Director, Abbott Vascular.