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Winners donate prize money to Act4Africa

The winners of our Scarecrow Safari competition gathered in The Square Shopping Centre in Sale, on Tuesday 23rd July, to meet The Mayor of Trafford and collect their prizes.

Over 100 entries into the charity scarecrow competition were received.

A total of £400 worth of cash prizes were donated to the competition by organisers Sale and District Lions.  £100 worth of prizes are still up for grabs later in the summer. Find out more here.

Six lucky winners received cash prizes, totalling £300.  Scarecrow creators had two chances to win: by getting the most Facebook Likes on the Scarecrow Safari Facebook page or by being chosen as winners by the Mayor and his Mayoress.

With 205 Facebook Likes at the close of the competition, Harry, aged 5, claimed 1st prize of £50 for his scarecrow, Stella, the sad scarecrow.  One of the earliest entries, Stella went missing during the competition, but thanks to the Facebook community group M33, she was found (minus her face!) and safely returned in time for a facelift.

“We did the competition for fun and for charity, I love Stella and want to keep her up in my garden forever.”

Harry, aged 5

Harry has very kindly said that he wishes to donate half the money back to Act4Africa.

In second place, with 193 Facebook Likes, was Harriet, also aged 5 in the same class at Harry, at Park Road Primary School in Sale. She received £30 and promptly donated £15 back to Act4Africa.

An extremely close 3rd place was claimed by Butterflies Pre-School, with 192 Facebook Likes.  They have donated the full £20 back to Act4Africa in support of our kindergarten at Kathy’s Centre in Uganda. Their butterfly scarecrow can be seen outside St Mary Magdalene Church, Harboro Road, Ashton on Mersey.

Act4Africa co-founder and chief executive, Martin Smedley, expressed his gratitude to the young children.

“It is so heart-warming that children as young as 3, 4 and 5 have such kind thoughts for the children at Kathy’s Kindergarten and made extremely generous gestures to help children less fortunate than them in Uganda.”

Martin Smedley

The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Trafford, Councillor Rob Chilton and his Mayoress, Zoe Marshall, also chose their top three scarecrows and awarded their makers with cash prizes of equal values to the Facebook winners.

Councillor Rob Chilton, says, “The communities across the whole of Sale M33 have really come together to support this new event, it has been wonderful to see, the scarecrows are a sight to behold! With around 100 scarecrows entered into the competition, it is wonderful that people can now enjoy the free fun Scarecrow Safari trail all summer.”

1st Prize:  Templemoor Infant and Nursery School with their ‘Woody’ scarecrow.

2nd Prize: Harry Shaw (as above)

3rd Prize: Angie’s Tea Rooms, Washway Road.

Worthington Primary School, also received £100 prize for being the school with the most pupil’s households entering the competition. Mr Searle, Headteacher, received the prize.

Little Isla, who came to a Scarecrow Making Workshop of Emporium M33 in Sale, during the competition, received a prize of toys and games for her ‘Superstar Scarecrow’ Ariel.

Photo credits: Matt Priestly Photography