Harshini takes away third prize
Harshini Naidu’s love of Christmas art has won her third place in a national competition through KidsCan.
The artistic 10-year-old Firth Primary student’s accolade has given her school a prize of $1500 plus a wee bit of pocket money for herself.
Harshini says she loves making Christmas-themed art, so an opportunity at a school-wide project to draw a Christmas picture was right up her alley.
Harshini was one of four children who have earned their schools a total of $9000, thanks to their winning designs being picked by The Coffee Club New Zealand and KidsCan for their new Christmas cups and napkins.
More than 300 designs were received from over 30 schools to find the four winners.
Harshini’s design is featured on The Coffee Club’s small takeaway cups. She says she was pretty ‘‘pumped and excited’’ to have won money for herself and the school too.
The Christmas Cup competition aims to raise awareness of the work being done by KidsCan to support the education, health and wellbeing of children living in hardship.
It’s now in its third year and has seen $30,000 donated to schools and the kids by The Coffee Club in that time.
‘‘It’s one of the best things we have the privilege of being involved in,’’ says The Coffee Club director Andy Lucas.
‘‘The designs we received were so creative and fun. Picking a winner this year was really difficult, we had quite a few favourites to choose from. It’s great to see so many entries and to be able to help the winning schools.’’
Firth Primary School principal James Eldridge says from a large pool of entries from Firth students, they had the hard job of choosing only three of the top entries from each age group to submit for the competition.
‘‘I asked the opinion of many staff we all thought Harshini was a winner,’’ Eldridge says.
‘‘The children and staff were excited to hear on the last day of term two that Harshini had won third prize.’’
Firth Primary School has been a KidsCan sponsored school for five years and Eldridge says he loves what the charitable trust does for their students.
‘‘We are so very grateful our children have had a chance to enter with the Coffee Cup Christmas competition.’’
Firth Primary School’s Harshini Naidu’s picture won third place in a Christmas Cup competition organised by KidsCan.