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Competition - Shelterbox

Award-winning author and illustrator, Michael Foreman, is fronting the second annual Young ShelterBox 2011 Illustration Competition which launched last month.

Young ShelterBox is the children’s arm of international disaster relief charity, ShelterBox. Each year they invite children in primary schools across the UK to enter a competition and illustrate a page in a book. The books are part of a series examining what it’s like to be a part of a disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami or a flood.  This year’s book, The Day the Rain Came, is due to be published in October 2011 and will be on sale nationally. Michael will provide an illustration for the book and advice for children entering the competition.

Michael says ‘A ShelterBox contains everything a family would need to survive in the aftermath of a disaster including a tent, stove, blankets and tools.  What I really like is that, amid the devastation of a major disaster, there is also a little rainbow for children - crayons and colouring book.  A simple gesture like that can mean so much to a child who has lost everything.  Young ShelterBox has the aim of explaining disasters and disaster relief to children from a children's perspective.  It is a brilliant project with which I am delighted to be involved.’

For more information or to enter the competition visit the website.

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