Le Rondin School pupils decorated GALP cow for Bedell Cristin

July 18th, 2012 by Bedell Group

Children at Le Rondin School and Centre decorated a life-size Guernsey cow, sponsored by Bedell Cristin, for this year’s Guernsey Adult Literacy Project (GALP) fundraising initiative.

The cow, named Venture, took pride of place in this year’s GALP Cow Cavalcade, on Sunday 1 July 2012 on the Crown Pier in St Peter Port.

(from left to right) Mark Helyar, Le Rondin teacher Juanita Byrne, James, Nathan, Tia, Alex, and Le Rondin deputy head teacher Christine de Kock

Venture is now located at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre until the middle of September.

“We are pleased Bedell Cristin has been able to support the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project by sponsoring one of our cows in this year’s fundraiser. It is important that corporates in the island support the community in which they operate and it has been great to hear that the children at Le Rondin School and Centre have enjoyed painting the Bedell Cristin cow,” said, Cow Cavalcade organiser and head of GALP, Trevor Wakefield.

Each of the children and the teachers and teaching assistants at Le Rondin School and Centre have been involved in painting the fibreglass cow.

Head teacher Paula Sullivan said the children had thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the decoration of Venture.

“Many of the children with learning difficulties enjoy sensory activities such as hand-printing as they get immediate feedback from it so decorating Venture has been very rewarding.”

“The support we receive as a school from Guernsey businesses allows us to provide extras for the children such as days out so we appreciate the value of corporate funding and we are pleased to be part of a project that supports other members of our community,” she said.

Venture is one of many cows sponsored by companies in the island.

The sponsorship has covered the cost of moulding and transporting the fibreglass statues. The cows will be auctioned to the public on 23 September 2012.

More than £58,000 was raised for GALP in 2011 from the auction of 40 donkey statues.

Each child has been involved in the design of Venture and created a flower with their fingerprints.

Mark Helyar, Bedell Cristin Managing Partner in Guernsey,  said the children had done a super job of decorating Venture so far and he was delighted to be involved in the painting process.

“We are pleased to be able to support the Guernsey Adult Literacy Project by sponsoring one of the cows and it was great to meet the children involved in decorating Venture.”

“As a local business we believe it is very important to support the community through such initiatives – I was also really pleased to be able to name her after one of my grandpa’s prize-winning Guernsey bulls,” he said.


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