Grand designs get stamp of approval

TAMWORTH students Georgia Madden and Bill Nichols have created their own hallmark of fame when it comes to designing cards.

They’re the kings of the kids from the Kootingal Public and Calrossy Anglican Primary schools and their Christmas creation cards are about to wing their way around the world – perhaps even in Santa’s sleigh, but definitely via Australia Post and its Santa service.

Georgia, who is a Year 4-5 student at Kootingal, and Year 1 student Billy were hand-picked by the residents of the Tamworth Masonic Village complexes as the winners of the aged care organisation’s card competition.

Billy designed a card that features a Christmas tree, elf and Santa, while Georgia’s image depicted a nightscape scene of a house and Rudolph and the other reindeers flying across the sky.

The winning drawings have now been printed off and the residents have used them as their 2013 Christmas cards for family and friends. The two students have also won some stocks for their personal use too.

General manager Tracey Gibson said about 90 designs were entered from the two schools this year, the first time it’s been run by the organisation most recently known as the Northern Inland Masonic Retirement group. 

It provides residential aged care across four centres at Moonbi and in Kitchener St in Tamworth and has about 150 residents spread across the Moonby House and Cottage Homes sites.

A new wing recently completed at Cottage Homes will take their numbers to more than 164 in the new year.

“It was the first time we’d run something like this and the purpose was to bring the community into our facilities and give the children a sense of our community,” Ms Gibson said. 

“The residents really loved being involved and they simply picked their favourites when it came to deciding the two winners.”

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