Emo­jis put a smile on hay

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

GI­ANT smi­ley-face ‘emo­jis’, used in texts or online to con­vey emo­tions, may be pop­ping up on hay bales in fields across Scot­land this year in a com­pe­ti­tion sup­port­ing a char­ity for se­ri­ously-ill chil­dren, Wel­lChild.

Farm­ers will be chal­lenged to cre­ate their emoji-in­spired dis­plays from silage bales wrapped in Wel­lChild’s colour pur­ple. They can cus­tomise their bales with special emoji packs pro­vided by agri­cul­tural sup­pli­ers, Carrs Billing­ton.

Any­one can take part in the com­pe­ti­tion, and the com­pany asks any­one who spots an emoji bale to take a pic­ture on their phone, tag the lo­ca­tion and post it on so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing @ CarrsBilling­ton and the hash­tag #spot­ted­pur­ple. Each time a per­son does this with a photo of dif­fer­ent bales they will be en­tered into a draw to win £200 of its shop vouch­ers.

It will also be do­nat­ing at least £10,000 this year to sup­port the char­ity, and en­cour­ag­ing farm­ers and con­trac­tors to show their sup­port by choos­ing to buy pur­ple silage wrap and netwrap from Zeus Pack­ag­ing Group.

Wel­lChild chief ex­ec­u­tive Colin Dyer said: ‘The hay bale emo­jis will be a fan­tas­tic sight in fields all across the coun­try and the money which is raised by the farm­ing com­mu­nity will go to sup­port chil­dren with se­ri­ous and com­plex health con­di­tions to live a bet­ter, hap­pier life.’

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