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Art competition for special needs kids, adults

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GEORGE TOWN: The Rotary Club of George Town is holding a "Rainbow in my Heart Art Competition 2012" for special needs children and adults at SMK (L) Methodist on Oct 7.

Organising chairman Don Law said those with special needs could be motivated to develop their talents and contribute to society.

"Many companies organise art competitions for normal children, but few have the interest of people with special needs or are mentally challenged at heart.

"We have to show these people that we care before we can get them to open themselves to us."

Law urged parents to get their children involved in more outdoor activities.

Five Rotary Clubs in Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan, Malacca and Johor Baru will also be holding similar art competitions on Oct 7 in an attempt to enter the Malaysia Book of Records for the largest number of special needs children and adults participating in an art competition.

Some 1,000 participants are expected to sign up.

At the state-level, the top three prizes are RM500, RM300 and RM100 respectively, including souvenirs. There will also be 10 consolation prizes of RM50 each.

At the national-level, the first, second and third prizes are RM1,000 and an iPad, RM800 and an iPad, and RM500 and an iPad respectively.

There are also 10 consolation prizes of RM200 each.

The top five art pieces in each age group category will be exhibited for the final national level competition at the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur on Oct 18.

All paintings selected for the national-level competition will be displayed for sale at the gallery from Oct 18 to 25.

A fee of RM10 is charged per participant.

The registration deadline is Sept 22.

Entries must be submitted to the Rotary Club of George Town at 78A, 1st Floor, Lorong Selamat, 10400 Penang.

For details, call Law at 012-433 1155 or email kingofpenang@gmail.com.


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