Finn Harps Football Club has again teamed up with Donegal County Council to assist in the promotion of road safety in the County.

Finn Harps have offered the Donegal Road Safety Working Group a free advertising hoarding in Finn Park to continue its ongoing commitment to raising the awareness of the dangers on our roads.

The Road Safety advertising hoarding will be designed by a student from one of the county’s Primary Schools through an open art competition.

The club will begin its Premier campaign with an exciting game against the runners-up in the Premier Division last season, Cork City at Finn Park on Friday 24th February and the winners of the art competition will be announced at this game.

The competition was officially launched in Letterkenny Educate Together Primary School by Donegal County Councils Chief Executive, Seamus Neely, Cllr. John Ryan, John Campbell, Finn Harps F.C., Grace Ann McGarvey, Grace Ann Consultancy and schoolchildren from Letterkenny Educate Together.

Speaking at the launch, Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said, “The art competition is aimed at encouraging children to express their thoughts on responsible road safety behaviour. Our hope is that getting children involved at an early stage will assist in establishing responsible road behaviour at a young age.

"Communicating road safety messages as seen or expressed by children through posters or other means can often change the behaviour of parents and family members. We are delighted with the continued efforts of Finn Harps Football Club to help us promote greater awareness of the dangers on our roads. We had over 700 entries from Primary School children last year and I would especially like to thank the teachers for their continued assistance in promoting the art competition."

Cllr. John Ryan said: “We are delighted with the continued efforts of Finn Harps Football Club to help us promote greater awareness of the dangers on our roads. The competition will help raise awareness, change behaviour and influence their parents about road safety and it will be an excellent reward for the winner to have their work displayed in Finn Park for all to see.

Paddy Harte, Finn Harps Schools Programme Chairman stated, “Finn Harps are delighted to be again involved in this Road Safety initiative with the Donegal Safety Working Group.   Finn Harps have been involved in this initiative for several years and over that period it has grown from strength to strength. As the Senior Soccer Club in Donegal Finn Harps are delighted to be in a position to deliver the road safety message to School children in Donegal. Currently there are 65  Primary Schools registered with the Finn Harp’s Schools Programme with a total of 7,000 children involved. Through the Road Safety Art competition every child in primary schools in Donegal will have an opportunity to participate”.

Entries must be original and the applicant’s own work and should be on paper no larger than A3 size. Details are currently being sent to all primary schools in the county and the competition has a closing date of the 3rd February 2017.

Information on the competition can be obtained from Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council on 074 9172360 or John Campbell, Finn Harps on 087 3872973. The closing date for the competition is 3rd February 2017 and entries should be sent through the school to: The Road Safety Art Competition, Road Design Office, Donegal County Council, Lifford, Co. Donegal.

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