Chantelle is a top calendar girl

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A PORT Erroll pupil has been named one of this year’s winners in the 2013 SCARF calendar competition.

Chantelle McLeod of P6/5 joined other winners from Aberdeenshire on a tour of the Scottish Parliament last week prior to being presented with her award.

The event is sponsored by Kevin Stewart MSP and Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and Int Development presented prizes to the 13 winners, from schools across the north east.

The winners drew pictures with an energy efficiency theme highlighting helping the environment and tackling climate change.

All the winning pictures will be used in SCARF’s 2013 calendar, funded by National Grid, and will be distributed all round Scotland.

Mr Stewart MSP, who hosted the event said: “It is a wonderful idea and a fitting reward to bring the winning pupils to the Scottish Parliament to receive their prizes.

“I commend the efforts of Billy and his team for making the young people of the north-east aware of such a hugely important issue, not only to Scotland but the wider world.”

Billy Sloan, chief executive of SCARF, said: “Saving energy is important to all of us as it reduces our impact on the environment and helps cuts costs for hard-pressed families.

“The calendar competition is a great way for our young people to develop an understanding of the issues for themselves and to share their ideas and thinking more widely.

“It also raises awareness among their families and wider communities about the need to make better use of natural resources.

“I am delighted that National Grid continues to support the competition which has such strong support from schools and young people across north east Scotland.”

Mike Calviou, director of Transmission Network Service at National Grid, added: “We are pleased to support the SCARF calendar competition, which is great way to promote energy efficiency and acting sustainably to our future generations.

“And well done to all the winners, who will soon see their designs making their way around Scotland.”

This year’s SCARF competition attracted just over 900 entries and was open to primary schools pupils in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, Moray and Perth & Kinross.

Pupils were encouraged to demonstrate how they could save energy at home and to increase awareness of gas safety.

Some 5,000 copies of the calendar were printed and circulated to elected members, business, local authorities and the general public to encourage them to save energy, save money and help save the environment.

National Grid is illustrating its commitment by sponsoring the SCARF calendar for eight years.