Published on 2nd November 2010
Auckland secondary school student Rachael Olds is the lucky winner of the Ipod touch in the VSA Project Friendship slogan writing competition.
Rachaels’ winning entry, 'Band together, make a change' will be used to help promote next year’s VSA Project Friendship.
Her slogan was one of hundreds of entries in the competition to find an attention-grabbing slogan that captures the essence of VSA Project Friendship in six words or fewer.
VSA Project Friendship co-ordinator Elisha Connell says the judges chose Rachael’s slogan because it meets all those requirements.
“We really liked it because of the clever way it uses the word ‘band’ to mean both the friendship bracelets and the concept of working together, while incorporating one of VSA’s central messages, which is that we are an organisation working for change. And it manages to do all that in just five words.”
Rachael is at Epsom Girls Grammar, which was one of more than 100 schools that took part in VSA Project Friendship which ran from August 9–15.
"Wow, I can't believe I won! My slogan means to me that even though as an individual you may not have much to give, 'banding together' with others gives you the power to make a greater change in the world."
The judges also chose four runners up in the competition, each of whom will receive a Whitcoulls $20 book voucher and a bar of Whittaker's chocolate.
Toni Cook, pictured left with her best friend Tyler, Upper Hutt College: 'Friends forever united together'
“What inspired my slogan was my best friend, always there for me, Friends forever standing by each others side no matter what.”
Sandra Douglas, Ashhurst: 'Show the colours of friendship'
"I have always loved the vibrant colours of these bracelets and felt that they represented the diversity of the people and cultures that VSA has been able to help.”
Lucy O’Brien-Spargo, Karori, Wellington: 'One bracelet, one world'
" I came up with my idea by thinking that there is only one world and by buying one bracelet you can help make the world a better place for anyone anywhere."
Ryan Hunt, pictured centre with his two friends, Island Bay Wellington: 'Be a friend, set the trend'
“My inspiration was that if one person started to make friends everyone else would follow and everyone would be friends with each other.”