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The HSA has launch a really cool farm safety competition for secondary school pupils. It is a multimedia competition. They are looking for entries making apps, animation, using social media to make a farm safety campaign and interactive games around farm safety.
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So this year we auditioned for the late late toyshow - we didnt get picked but we are still working on getting farm safety to feature! look at the email we sent the late late show last wk - we haven't had a reply yet but we wont give up especially with yet another farming death yesterday!
We are Aoibheann Mangan aged 9 and Padraic Godwin age 10 and we are coders, writers and owners of www.farmsafety4kids.net and twitter page @farmsafety4kid.
We are writing to you to request that you would do a feature on farm safety and even farm safety for kids on the late late show sometime.
We had auditioned for the toyshow (well we hope you got it thanks to the postal strike) and while we werent picked, we would ask you to look at our audition tape again to see the books that we were reviewing. We think that to get farm safety spread to the children of Ireland that books we reviewed should be used by the lucky kids who get picked, The books were written by Alma Jordan (www.agrikids.ie) and are called The Big Brown Bull and The Tree swing. these are fabulous books with great characters that kids will love, lovely illustrations and most importantly an excellent farm safety message in every story. We also think that the toyshow will have one of the biggest audiences for tv ever so if you would use the books and help spread the word about farm safety it would reach so many homes and get everyone to think. After all as you know - your in the kids show business - we are the little powerful noise, that voice in side your head that nags, moans and complains untill you put on your seatbelt in the car basically untill you do everything we say so we think armed with more farm safety information children will be a great tool to spead the message and help stop the huge increase in farming accidents that we have seen in Ireland in the last 2 years, the accidents that make farming the most dangerous occupation in Ireland despite it being the smallest workforce in Ireland.
There has been too many children killed on Irish farms this year and last especially as Christmas draws near and a new Year looms, can you help us to make sure farm safety is something on peoples minds reading their children or their own bedtime stories!
We would really love if you would contact us and let us know you got this email and be even happier if you would agree to do a feature on farm safety if you couldnt get these books into the toyshow - maybe on another nights show you might showcase them and some farm safety pieces - we know we would love to do whatever we could do make a great piece.
To see the books we are talking about you can see our review on
or visit our blog http://www.farmsafety4kids.net/our-blog where we did a review of the books if you scroll down
Calling all safety concious budding artists!!!
Macra Na Ferime are running a farm safety Art competition organised by Caroline O Dowd and sponsored by AgriKid and FBD Champions for Change. EMBRACE FARM founders Norma and Brian Rohan are going to be the judges. So what do we have to do???
The aim of the competition is to teach children all about farm safety so after you check through the website your challenge is to design and make a farm safety A4 poster!
There are 4 Categories:
1) Preschool children and Infants who just have to design a farm safety poster (no writing needed)
2) 1st and 2nd class (design a poster and a farm safety message or slogan)
3) 3rd and 4th class (design a poster and a farm safety message or slogan)
4) 5th and 6th class (design a poster and a farm safety message or slogan)
Rules: Yes every good competition has them and this one is no different!!!
1: the size must be A4 only no bigger and no smaller!
2: Materials: you can use pencils, crayons, markers or Paint
3: Please include the following:
School/Teacher contact details.
4: All enteries must be posted to
macra Na Feirme Farm Safety Art Competition
Caroline O Dowd
5: Closing Date: Friday 20th November.
The competition will be marked as follow:
Pre school and infants 100% marks for the artwork on farm safety
1st - 6th class - 50 marks for artwork and 50 marks for the farm safety message/slogan!
1st place - a goodie bag from Agrikids worth €60
2nd place - a Hairybaby.com T-shirt and snack box sponsored by FBD Champions for Change
3rd plrize - a set of farm safety books by Agri kid and signed by Alma Jordan the author!
Resources to help you get ideas:
HSA Website - www.hsa.ie and www.hsalearning.ie
Our website of course!!
www.seomraranga.com - safety on the farm powerpoint.
We went to the ploughing on the 24 of September and it was great fun.
Aoibheann and I asked children about farm safety and helped them to fill out a circle the dangers worksheet. Some children knew all the answers but it was amazing to see how many didn't recognise things like the man standing beside a PTO shaft and the flying the kite near esb wires were dangerous.
Let us get back to the farm safety at the ploughing, I think it was a great idea to create a farm safety village where all the farm safety information and groups were together and easy to find. Lots of other places were hard to find in the big set up. I did notice that some exhibitors had farm safety on display in their stands with their products, this was great to see. I think lots of children who knew very little about farm safety before the ploughing could have learnt loads there!
On the 22/090/15 we went to the ploughing . It was muddy. We were helping out in the farm safety village with the HSA, the IFA, Embrace and other farm safety organisations. We helped little kids fill out a circle the dangers on the farm sheet! Some children spotted all the dangers first time while some of them weren't sure if some of the actions were dangerous or not. After lunch, we got to look around. I got to goto the Supermacs van and have curry chips and a coke. We went to the RTE stand and see the people on RTE junior. We met the Rose of Tralee, Elysha Brennan. Then we went to king crisps. We got crisps. Then we went to a hurley stand. It was busy and we had to stand in a line for five minutes. The we wandered around and went home. Thank you to all who organised the ploughing this year . We had a great time. By Aoibheann
Aoibheann + Padraic here, we are always being asked what we get up to and to tell people of what we are at next so we though blogging is a great way to share all things new and exciting! Keep an eye on twitter for our updates too