Children spread the Healthy Heart message through art competition

Lauraine Canty of Presentation Primary School, Clonmel was named the overall winner of healthcare company Abbott’s National Schools Art Competition, which had as its theme Healthy Hearts.

Lauraine Canty of Presentation Primary School, Clonmel was named the overall winner of healthcare company Abbott’s National Schools Art Competition, which had as its theme Healthy Hearts.

“This annual competition is a great medium to engage with children on important issues such as healthy living,” said Alan Meehan, Director of Human Resources, Abbott Clonmel. “The aim of this year’s theme was to raise awareness among children of the factors contributing toward cardiac health and to encourage them to take an active role in making healthy choices. We continue to see a great response from the children of Clonmel, with more than 1,000 entries from 13 local schools, making this the best year yet”, he stated.

Lauraine’s creative picture of children skipping showed the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy heart, according to the judges, who included Maureen Purcell from the South Tipperary Arts Group (STAG), and Muriel Bryan and Peader Furlong of Abbott.

“This competition is just one of a number of initiatives undertaken by Abbott in the community to promote healthy living. We were delighted that recently more than 800 people participated in the Healthy Heart walk in Clonmel, sponsored by Abbott. As a 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,” said Alan Meehan.

The winners received their prizes at an awards ceremony held at Abbott.

The overall competition winner, Lauraine Canty, received a Nintendo Wii Console, while the overall winning school, The Sisters of Charity Primary School, received a Samsung laptop.

Winners and runners-up in each of the categories are as follows:

Junior and Senior Infants

1st: Damien Mulhall of St. Oliver’s NS; 2nd: Enya Galligan of Rathkeevan NS

First and Second Class

1st: Lauraine Canty of Presentation Primary School; 2nd Place: Conor Walsh of Rathkeevan NS

Third and Fourth Class

1st: Cliodhna Power of Sisters of Charity Primary School; 2nd Place: Neil Gonsalves of St. Mary’s NS

Fifth and Sixth Class

1st: Holly Power of Sisters of Charity Primary School; 2nd: Martyna Michalswska of Sisters of Charity Primary School; 3rd: Roisin Doyle of Presentation Primary School

Winning School

1st: Sisters of Charity Primary School; 2nd: Presentation Primary School