15th December 2016

The year 1844 is as significant for the Co-op as it is for Adventists as it was the year that the organisation was founded. Over the years it has developed a policy of helping the less fortunate, recognising that it's the simple things in life that make a difference to lives. These days it gets involved in projects to 'do something special' with churches, schools and community groups.

One such project is The Co-op Food Christmas Theme Picture Competition which had its fourth annual prize-giving ceremony at the Stanborough Centre, Watford, on Thursday 8 December. Enoch Kanagaraj, an employee of The Co-op Food, is the Chairman of the Community Chaplaincy Service at Stanborough Park church which was hosting the event and has been the driving force behind the event which was sponsored by the company. This led to the ceremony being attended by a team of staff from The Co-op Food who provided a buffet of Co-op 'goodies' for those attending the event.

The Co-op Food Regional Manager, Tina Mitchell, spoke of the Co-op IMG_1567movement's history of being part of the community working with local groups to do something "pretty special" and help people to feel valued. Sponsoring this art competition was a way of helping children to feel valued and she was certainly very impressed with the quality of the art work on display and congratulated the children on their achievements.

The criteria for the entries was that they should be a Christmas scene in any medium chosen by the children – paint/crayon/poster/collage – but were not to include any computer work or enhancement ‒ and no significant adult help! Children from six primary schools stretching from South Oxhey to Hemel Hempstead entered their designs into the competition.

The ceremony was well-supported by parents and members of the minority ethnic communities were well-represented. There were 6 winning entries for this year's competition which was split into two age groups: 4-7 and 8-11 years. In addition to these 17 minor prizes were presented in the 'Commended' and 'Highly Commended' categories to encourage more children to enter the competition. Entries were displayed on the surrounding walls and the judges admitted that it was a hard job choosing the winners.

The prizes were awarded by Cllr Darren Walford, Chairman of Watford Borough Council who said that the entries were "amazing" and told the children "well done" and "keep up the good work." The schools attended by the main prize winners also received a cheque from Pastor Jacques Venter, the church's senior minister.

[ - June Coombs]


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