A young Malanda student has joined 11 other budding artists in getting her artwork featured in a statewide farm safety calendar.
Each year Workplace Health and Safety Queensland invites primary school students to enter their annual Farm Safety Calendar competition.
The competition encourages young Queenslanders to submit drawings with farm safety themes for inclusion in the 2021 calendar.
Felicity Graham, who is in grade 4 at the Malanda State School recently found out that she was one of the 12 chosen children (one for each month) and that she would have her artwork on the farm safety featured as February’s artwork for the 2021 calendar.
Mum Kelly Graham admits that her daughter has artistic tendencies as she also won the same competition 2 years ago. “She was lucky enough to win in 2017/18, and then this year with COVID she spent a lot of time at home,” she said.
“The theme she chose this year was sun safety and wearing the right clothes on a farm.
“She probably picked that up from living on the farm as we always remind the kids that they are not allowed out to play on the farm without long pants, hat and sunscreen.”
Kelly said her daughter spends hours on creating the artwork and that she has patience that her brothers don’t have.
“It took a couple of days to create it as she did a few rough copies before submitting her final artwork,” she said
“Her Inspiration comes from living on a dairy farm, literally she is told day in and day out about farm safety.”
Felicity has won $500 for her school and $250 for herself, which she is planning on using to buy a new pushbike.
According to a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland spokesperson “The Farm safety calendar competition raises awareness among primary school students and their communities of common hazards on farms and other rural properties,” they wrote.
“The published calendar is an opportunity for safety messages to be prominently displayed in the home throughout the year, reminding Queenslanders of all ages to work and play safely on farm properties.”
Thirty thousand free hard copies of the 2021 calendar will be distributed to Queenslanders from October.