Every year Sadiq invites primary school children from all across his Tooting constituency to design the front of his Christmas card. This year saw the most entries ever received since the competition began, with hundreds of children from Earlsfield, Tooting, Furzedown, Wandsworth Common and Balham submitting entries. And the winner is...
...9 year old Asma Kader, from Hillbrook primary School in Tooting!
The designs were judged by three local community representatives; Reverend Helen Matthews of the United Reformed Church in Tooting & Balham, Indrajit Patel of Tooting Town Centre Partnership and Earlsfield Ward Councillor, Rachael Stokes (with her new daughter, Ella!).
The judges selected Asma’s design to appear on the front of Sadiq’s Christmas card this year which will be sent to more than 6000 families, businesses, politicians and celebrities around the world. Sadiq announced that Asma had won during an assembly at Hillbrook Primary School and presented her with a framed certificate, as well as a small gift and an invitation for a tour of the Houses of Parliament for her whole family.
As well as choosing Asma as the overall winner for the competition this year, the judges also selected seven runners up; 5 year old Yara Hyat from Fircroft Primary School, 10 year old Aishah Stasa from Franciscan Primary School, 9 year old Finn Hallam from Furzedown Primary School, 10 year old Shania Ankers from Swaffield Primary School, 10 year old Monmoy Chowdhury from Sellincourt Primary School, 7 year old Harry Solari from Penwortham Primary School and 6 year old Jack Booth from Tooting Primary School. These designs appear on the reverse of the card and each will receive a certificate and small prize. As well as this, every child that took part will receive a certificate from Sadiq to say thank you for taking part.
The cards were very generously sponsored by local businesses; Pooja Sweets and Savouries, NappyValleyNet.com, Pearl Chemist Group and Ideal Printers.
Sadiq said; “My Christmas card competition is always a highlight of my year, with so many local children and schools putting an enormous amount of effort in order to help me design a Christmas card that really stands out! I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the children and teachers from across the constituency that took part this year. Each of the designs that were shortlisted to appear on the card are all fantastic, showing a lot of imagination and creativity".
"I would also like to thank all of the judges for giving up their time to choose a winner this year and to all of the sponsors, who very kindly supported the competition this year”.
Christmas card winner, Asma said; “When they announced that someone in year five had won, I definitely didn’t think it’d be me, I was shocked when Mr Khan said my name because there were lots of good artworks. My family and I are excited to visit Westminster soon”.
The news of Asma's win was also welcomed by Hillbrook Primary School’s art teacher, Miss Dwyer, who said; "We are delighted that Asma has been selected as the winner. All the children worked very hard to produce beautiful Christmas art this year, it was such a privilege for them to have Sadiq Khan visit our school and recognise their efforts”.