Connacht Gold recently held a regional wide art competition for primary schools with the aim of celebrating imagination and creativity while promoting the benefits of drinking dairy over sugar-sweetened alternatives. The diets of a high proportion of Irish children aged between 5 and 12 are known to be low in calcium and vitamins A and D. Children are particularly at risk from this deficiency because their bodies demand calcium and other nutrients for higher levels of bone growth during the formative years. The recommended daily intake of dairy for children should be 3 servings or 5 servings for those aged between 9 and 18 (a 200ml glass of Connacht Gold milk is an example of one serving).
The overall winner of the Junior Infant to 1st class age category was Lucia McDonnell from Ballyfeeney National School in Scramogue, Co. Roscommon. Her beautiful, colourful and eye-catching poster really captured the theme ‘Rethink your drink’ as she incorporated the benefits of dairy into her artwork. As a part of her prize, Lucia won a visit from the Aurivo Consumer Foods team to her school for a presentation about healthy eating and her entire class will enjoy a visit to Dublin Zoo.
The presentation saw the children learn about the benefits of eating a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise as well as the importance of dairy for growing children. There was a life size Connacht Gold milk carton on hand that the children could get a photo with. Each of the pupils in Lucia’s class were given a carton of Connacht Gold to enjoy.
Lucia also won an amazing trip up to Dublin Zoo for herself and her whole class. Both the pupils and the teachers thoroughly enjoyed their day out at Dublin Zoo and thankfully the weather was on their side and they were able to make the most of this amazing prize.