Mary Slessor ‘Make A Difference’ Postcard Competition

Over 2600 children and young people from across Scotland have taken part in the Church of Scotland's postcard competition in honour of Scots missionary Mary Slessor. The competition which encouraged the children and young people to think about how they would 'Make A Difference' in the world today.

Rev Christine Sime, who a chaired the panel of judges made up of members of the church's local development committee, said

'We are overwhelmed by the response we have had from across Scotland, from Fair Isle in the North to Jedburgh in the South. Youth Churches, Boys' Brigade Companies, Girls Brigade Companies, Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts have all taken part representing the children and young people who are part of the family of our church.

They have all put a great deal of thought and effort into their designs. Ideas included climate justice, human trafficking, Fairtrade, looking after animals and loving each other. However world peace, ending poverty and clean water were the most popular ideas.

Mary Slessor made a huge difference to the lives of ordinary people in Nigeria, particularly women, children and of course twins. Our young people have shown that they are no less capable of thinking of our world and how it could be changed for the better. That is hugely encouraging and positive.'

The winners in each age group were:

Pre School
1st - Molly Dunbar, Age 4, The Steeple Church, Dundee
2nd - Olivia Weir, Age 3, St John's Youth Church, Carluke
3rd - James Wright, Age 3, St Leonard's Sunday School, St Andrews

P1 – P4
1st - James McBurney, Age 7, 62nd Larbert Scout Group
2nd - Lucy Morgan, Age 8, 2nd Hurlford Brownies
3rd - Liam McAulay, Age 7, Newburgh Primary School

P5 – P7
1st - Ythan Shaw, Age 11, Fair Isle Primary
2nd - Ellie Donald, Fraserburgh West Sunday School
3rd - Kegan, Age 9, Pilrig St Paul's, Edinburgh

S1 – S6
1st - Anna Thomson, Age 12, Cadder South Halls Girls Brigade
2nd - Chloe Mather, Age 13, 4th Coatbridge Girls Brigade
3rd - Sarah Davenport, Age 12, Jedburgh Grammar, School