Grant Thornton | Children Showcase colourful creativity on World Kindness Day | Nov 2021

More than 450 local young people showcased their colourful creativity in celebration of this year’s World Kindness Day.

Date: Thursday 18 November 2021

To mark the special day, which promotes acts of kindness and making the world a happier place, Grant Thornton Isle of Man invited local children to design a poster to show what kindness means to them. Posters had to be A4 and include the words ‘World Kindness Day 2021’, but otherwise could be as creative and colourful as the artist wished.

Following a fantastic response to the competition, the judges - Grant Thornton Associate Director Lisa Lord and Head of Arts & Culture for the Isle of Man Government Emma Callin – had a tough time whittling the selection down. So much so, they split the age categories further than initially planned to offer more opportunities to win prizes.

There was a fantastic variety of posters submitted across the four age groups with a runner-up and winner selected for each age group. Prizewinners received vouchers to spend at JAC Stores and an overall winner – Hugo Skelly from Marown School - was chosen to win an additional £100 worth of book vouchers for his school.

The judges also chose four posters which they felt deserved special recognition and these children were awarded a book voucher. The prizewinners were as follows.

• Age 5 and Below – Ariane Murray – Scoill Vallajeelt
• Age 6-7 – Minha Kherati – Scoill Vallajeelt
• Age 8-9 – Hugo Skelly – Marown School
• Age 10+ - Anna Tamarova – Scoill Vallajeelt
Runners Up
• Age 5 and Below – Ariadna Cretney – Onchan School
• Age 6-7 – Ingrid Le Roux – Onchan School
• Age 8-9 – Sophia Shooter – Onchan School
• Age 10+ - Olivia Walton – Marown School
Special Recognition
• Age 5 and Below – Robert Stoev – Onchan School
• Age 6-7 – Elizabeth Weston – Scoill Vallajeelt
• Age 8-9 – Zane Quinn – St Mary’s RC School
• Age 10+ - Poppy Bezance – Marown School
Lyndsay Brew, Associate Director at Grant Thornton Isle of Man, said: ‘We were absolutely blown away with the fantastic response to our World Kindness Day competition. The children showcased what kindness meant to them in a really creative way and it was incredibly difficult for the judges to only select a small amount of prize winners – we would have loved to give everyone a prize!


Pictured above: Emma Callin and Lisa Lord judging World Kindness Day posters

‘We would like to say a huge thank you to Emma for helping us judge the posters and select the prizewinners, her contribution was very much appreciated. Also to everyone who celebrated World Kindness Day 2021 with us by creating and sharing their poster, and to the schools that got behind the initiative too. Next year we plan to be back even bigger and better so watch this space.’

Emma Callin added: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed being a judge for the Grant Thornton World Kindness Day competition. The creativity of the children really shone through and it was a challenge to only select three prizewinners from each age category. Well done to everyone who submitted a poster!’