THE Fairhill Shopping Centre welcomed finalists from primary schools who entered their latest Story Wall competition, which had a response of over 2,000 entries.
Working in conjunction with a number of local community organisations, Fairhill’s most recent initiative called for primary school children within a 40-minute radius of Ballymena to get creative and draw, design and colour the front cover of their favourite books, with all winning designs being professionally printed, framed and featured on the beautiful story book wall in Fairhill.
With four lucky drawings chosen, each winner was awarded a £50 Fairhill voucher as well as a £100 Fairhill voucher for their school along with a selection of books and art supplies for the entire school to enjoy. £30 Fairhill shopping vouchers were also awarded to a further 12 finalists.
Natalie Jackson, Centre Manager of Fairhill, said: “With Ballymena being such a close community, it’s important to us that as we grow, we give back to the community that supports us on a daily basis.
“With this comes our ongoing work with local schools and charitable organisations in Ballymena. It is, of course, the season of giving and that is one of our core business values.”
The lucky winners were Shauna McCann of Mary Queen of Peace Primary School in the P1-P2 category, Peter Wilkinson of Portglenone Primary School in the P3-4 category, Tony Logan of St Colmcille’s Primary School in the P5-P7 category and Samantha Crossey of Beechlawn in the special needs category.
Added Natalie: “Each child that entered did an amazing job, making it a very difficult task for our judges. It’s fantastic to see the engagement across the wider Ballymena area and I am delighted that we are able to showcase this talent.”
Other community initiatives, this year, included a Primary 5 Road Safety campaign.
And this Christmas the Fairhill Shopping Centre is an official drop off point for the Cash for Kids, Mission Christmas which collects donated toys to give to under privileged children.
Natalie concluded: “I would encourage everyone to continue supporting your local retailers as it is not only benefitting us but the entire community as a whole.
“It’s a two-way street in our book, in return for your support, we will continue to go the extra mile for our loyal consumer base, providing not only a fabulous selection of shops to choose from, but also a welcoming and positive experience.”