Art con­test links chil­dren with the older gen­er­a­tion

Back in In­dia the el­derly are very well con­nected with fam­ily, whereas here they of­ten get iso­lated. So we thought it would be nice to try to con­nect the gen­er­a­tions

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Auck­land pri­mary school stu­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to get creative to sup­port the el­derly as part of a unique art com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion is run by In­dian-based char­ity Amma on be­half of Shanti Ni­was char­i­ta­ble trust which pro­vides coun­selling ser­vices and so­cial events for the el­derly.

En­try to the com­pe­ti­tion costs $5, with all money raised go­ing to Shanti Ni­was.

Chil­dren aged 5 to 11 years are in­vited to draw some­thing they love that con­nects them with their grand­par­ents, in keep­ing with the com­pe­ti­tion’s theme of ‘‘Just like Nan’’.

Amma pres­i­dent Aniruddh Gandhi says it is im­por­tant to sup­port older peo­ple be­cause they of­ten have New Zealand.

‘‘Back in In­dia the el­derly are very well con­nected with fam­ily, whereas here they of­ten get iso­lated. So we thought it would be nice to try

it tough in to con­nect the gen­er­a­tions,’’ Mr Gandhi says.

The com­pe­ti­tion wraps up with a fun day at Shanti Ni­was’ hall in One­hunga on July 28.

An art ex­hi­bi­tion, face paint­ing and food stalls will be on of­fer plus a chance to turn en­trants’ art­work into cal­en­dars or greet­ing cards.

There will also be cash prizes for the top three places along with con­so­la­tion vouch­ers and other spot prizes.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­ter go to amma.org.nz.

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