Moray trio pick up their prizes in Scarf annual calendar competition

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MORAY WINNERS OF a national calendar competition have been welcomed to the Scottish Parliament to receive their prizes.

The local school pupils emerged winners in the 2018 Scarf Calendar competition, run by the Scarf Social Enterprise and the National Grid.

Katie Paul from Greenwards Primary, Clive Long from West End Primary and Lewis MacKenzie from Applegrove Primary, were three of the 13 winners from schools across the North East of Scotland who received their prizes from Kevin Stewart MSP, the minister for local government and housing.

All the winning pictures will be used in Scarf’s 2018 calendar, funded by National Grid, and will be distributed all round Scotland.

Following the presentation, Richard Lochhead MSP said: “I was delighted to welcome Katie, Clive and Lewis to the Scottish Parliament and to see their fantastic drawings.

“This annual competition is a wonderful way to encourage kids to think about climate change and the environment, and what steps we can take to be more energy efficient. All three of the Moray winning entries were brilliant and it’s a fantastic achievement to have their pictures included in the calendar that will now distributed all over Scotland.”

Kevin Stewart MSP added: “It is a pleasure to present the prizes for the 2018 Scarf school calendar competition, and to see the hard work of our young people in raising awareness of such an important issue.

“Energy efficiency is vital if we are to both tackle fuel poverty and meet our climate change ambitions. These calendars will be a great guide in highlighting how we can all save energy in our homes.”

Thane Lawrie is chief executive of Scarf, he said: “Saving energy is important to all of us as it reduces our impact on the environment and helps cuts costs for hard-pressed families. The calendar competition is a great way for our young people to develop an understanding of the issues for themselves and to share their ideas and thinking more widely.

“It also raises awareness among their families and wider communities about the need to make better use of natural resources. I am delighted that National Grid continues to support the competition which has such strong support from schools and young people across North East Scotland.”

Final words went to Abigail Jones from National Grid: “We are pleased to support the Scarf calendar competition, which is a great way to promote energy efficiency and acting sustainably with our future generations.

“Well done to all the winners, who will soon see their designs making their way around Scotland.”