Friday, 24 May 2024
Friday, 24 May 2024

Humanimal Trust calls on young people to get creative to celebrate the connections between humans and animals

HUMANIMAL Trust, the charity founded by the orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, is calling on seven to 18-year-olds to get creative for this year’s British Science Week.

The call comes as the charity launches its first-ever Creative Awards. Centred around the theme of British Science Week 2023 – Connections – the Awards encourage children and young people to create a piece of visual art or written work to celebrate the connections between all species.

Each entry will then be judged by a panel consisting of founder Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, world history author and storyteller, Christopher Lloyd, and publisher and editor-in-chief of What on Earth Books, Nancy Feresten.

Noel, said:

“The bond we have with the animals we share our planet with goes beyond that of love and companionship. We want to fire up children’s imaginations and empower them to explore the amazing connections humans have with animals in all forms. There is far more connecting us than dividing us in biology and in sentience. We want to inspire the future guardians of the planet in this generation to think more inclusively and compassionately when it comes to our animal friends.”

Entries can be anything from a short story or poem to artwork, photography or video and the winners from each age category (7-11 years, 12-14 years, 15-16 years and 17-18 years) will receive prizes, including a bundle of books, a signed copy of Vetman by Noel Fitzpatrick and online shopping vouchers. The winning entries will also be shared on Humanimal Trust’s website.

Joe Bailey, CEO of Humanimal Trust, said:

“The theme of this year’s British Science Week, connections, fits perfectly with what Humanimal Trust is all about – driving collaboration between vets, doctors and researchers so that all humans and animals benefit from equal medical progress, but not at the expense of an animal’s life. This is One Medicine.

“Ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn about the wonderful bond and connections between humans and animals is key to One Medicine, and we hope our Creative Awards 2023 will enable that to happen in a really positive way.”

Children and young people can get involved in a school setting, club or at home and entries for the Creative Awards 2023 should be submitted by 31 March.

Christopher Lloyd, the author of the children’s book Humanimal, said:

“Many of the things we may think are unique to humans, have actually been happening in the animal world for millions of years. There are so many astonishing ways that animals are just like us and Humanimal Trust’s Creative Awards are a brilliant way of celebrating this.” 

Further information can be found by visiting: www.humanimaltrust.org.uk.

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