Tote-ally creative primary pupils to help Crescent Shopping Centre celebrate 50 years

Eimear Dwan and John Davitt of the Crescent Shopping Centre launching the creative competition. Photo: Michael Cowhey.

CHILDREN from primary schools across Limerick have been invited to help the Crescent Shopping Centre bag a win for environmental sustainability.

As part its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Crescent Shopping Centre has launched its Primary Schools Art Competition, which will see schools from across the county compete to design a limited edition tote bag to mark the centre’s golden jubilee.

The creative competition comes as part of the shopping centre’s move to become more environmentally friendly and reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in outlets throughout the complex.

Pupils from third, fourth, fifth, and sixth class in schools across Limerick are invited to submit designs that celebrate 50 years of the Crescent Shopping Centre, with themes open to the creative prowess of the teachers and children themselves.

The top three winning schools will have their very own bag printed, as well as receiving a €5,000 bursary to go towards school training facilities and sports equipment. The lucky overall winning school will also get a visit and exclusive training session with Limerick hurling legend Declan Hannon, who will also be a judge in the competition.

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Announcing the Competition, manager of the Crescent Shopping Centre, John Davitt, said: “With the impact of climate change so evident now, and young people more interested in the future of our planet, we felt it would be good to involve them in designing our new sustainable shopping tote bag.”

“We look forward to seeing them unleash their creativity and expect to receive an array of bright, energetic designs which will challenge our judging panel to choose a winner.”

Eimear Dwan, Marketing Manager at the Crescent Shopping Centre, added: “It is great to be able to support the local primary schools through this initiative and very exciting for all those taking part. We look forward to seeing the beautiful designs and wish all participants the very best of luck.”

Also on the judging panel are Limerick fashionista Celia Holman Lee and Today FM’s Louise Cantillon.