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Shortlands schoolgirl wins Design A Road Safety Banner competition

PUBLISHED: 14:36 19 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:36 19 November 2015

Rolake Orimoloye with her winning banner

Rolake Orimoloye with her winning banner

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10-year-old Rolake Orimoloye beat hundreds of other entries from local primary schools

A schoolgirl from Shortlands was presented with an award on Wednesday for winning a Design A Road Safety Banner competition.

Rolake Orimoloye, aged 10, of Bishop Challoner School, beat hundreds of other entries from local primary schools in the competition run by promotional product company and school uniform supplier Recognition Express Bromley and Dartford, and national road safety charity Brake, ahead of Road Safety Week, which takes place between November 23 and 29.

After receiving her trophy, and a 2m x 1m size banner of her design, Rolake said: “I was really excited to win the Road Safety Banner Competition as it was unexpected and I was pleased to get a trophy to keep.”

Head teacher Paula Anderson, who was also presented with 165 high visibility drawstring bags, said: “Road safety is an important issue for our school and we’re grateful to Recognition Express for this competition, which has provided a fun way of engaging the children about the subject.

“They have made a huge effort and I think their designs communicate very well the importance of road safety.”

This is the seventh year running that Hugh O’Neil, director of Recognition Express, has joined forces with Brake and invited local pupils to design a road safety banner to display at their school.

Mr O’Neil said: “This competition is one of the highlights of our year and we really look forward to receiving the children’s designs.

“The results are always fantastic and we are sure that Rolake’s banner will encourage people to consider alternatives to motorised transport and understand the benefits driving less can bring to road safety, health, per-sonal finances, communities and the planet.”

Joe Burns, corporate fundraiser at Brake, added: “Congratulations to Rolake and Bishop Challoner School. Her banner design sends a powerful message to traffic and passers by.

“We urge all drivers to take notice of Rolake’s advice and drive less – live more.”

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