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Winning wellies are designed by Tipp kids

John and Rebecca, Minister Simon Coveney and winners in the Agri Aware Farm and Countryside Safety Welly Challenge.

John and Rebecca, Minister Simon Coveney and winners in the Agri Aware Farm and Countryside Safety Welly Challenge.

Two creative Tipperary students have designed top winning wellies in a national competition!

Primary school pupils John Carey, from Ballylooby, and Rebecca Molone, from Lattin, topped the Agri Aware Farm and Countryside Safety competition of over 5,500 entries.

Both John and Rebecca are sixth class students, John at Ballylooby National School, and Rebecca at Shronell National School, Lattin.

Supported by FBD, the IFA and ESB Networks, Agri Aware’s Farm and Countryside Safety Welly Challenge encouraged primary level students across Ireland to think about the dangers they might encounter when on the farm or in the countryside, and it also helped to improve their awareness of how to stay safe in these environments.

Primary level students across Ireland were invited to submit a drawing that clearly outlined a danger on the farm or in the countryside, with an accompanying farm safety message.

The response from primary schools in 2013 was extraordinary, with over 5,500 entries received. Agri Aware chose the top five pictures and accompanying safety messages submitted by students from schools across Ireland. The winners and their classes were awarded wellington boots, complete with the winning pictures emblazoned on them.

John, Rebecca and the other winners were presented with their winning wellies at the Department of Agriculture headquarters, in Dublin. Minister Simon Coveney said that Agri Aware’s welly competition was crucial in raising awareness about the potential dangers on farms and in the countryside. He told the students: “There are too many accidents on farms. It’s fantastic that as part of this competition, more than five thousand students sat down to think about farm safety.” That sentiment was echoed by Agri Aware’s Chairman, Bernard Donohue, who said farm safety is a lesson that needs to be learned from an early age, especially in light of the most recent figures which show that there were 16 farm-related fatalities in Ireland last year, and there has already been one this year.

 

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