Young artists send Christmas cheer

Blue Hills College students Isabella Clarke, 5, and Tyla Johnson, 10, with the CASPA Christmas cards featuring their artwork.

Christmas means different things to different people and when CASPA asked local primary school children to draw what Christmas means to them, there was a surprising variety of responses.

The entries were displayed at the CASPA Art Sale at Clunes Old School in October and the public was asked to vote for their favourite design.

The top 10 pictures have now become the 2006 CASPA Christmas cards, and purchasing a pack is a wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer and support the vital work that CASPA does for abused and neglected children in the community.

Five-year-old Blue Hills College student Isabella Clarkes card showed herself with her mum and sister Bernadette, doing what most children like to do on Christmas Day open presents.

Tyla Johnson, 10, also from Blue Hills College, depicted the three wise men and the birth of Jesus on her artwork, but also admitted to firmly believing in Father Christmas.

How could Santa not be true? said Tyla. Who else leaves all those sleigh marks down the beach? My mum couldnt do it.

Along with the prestige of having their art printed on cards, all the winners received cash prizes and free movie tickets.

The CASPA Christmas cards are bright, funky and fun, and cost $9.95 for a pack of 10. They are available at the CASPA Christmas shop in Lismore Central; from CASPA, 17 Keen Street, Lismore; from the Womens Health Centre, 25 Uralba Street, Lismore; or phone co-ordinator Kay Knights on 0408 834 799.

CASPA Correction: The Echo made a mistake in last weeks story about the CASPA Christmas Shop, where we said AMP Step Up Financial Planners were providing matching dollar for dollar funding (up to $10,000) for everything sold in the store. The matching funding is in fact coming from the AMP Foundation, and it was Susan and Matthew McDermott of AMP Step Up Financial Planners who approached the AMP Foundation to make the donation. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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