MIL OSI – Source: Child Poverty Action Group – ‘Big Picture’ thinking on child poverty at Fresh Gallery, Otara

Child Poverty Action Group is delighted that the wonderful artworks produced for The Big Picture Competition are being shown at Fresh Gallery in Otara, Auckland.

The nationwide schools’ competition which ran last year gave students a chance to learn about child poverty and be part of making a difference.  To enter the competition, schools and youth groups created big pictures to show what children in their neighbourhood need to be healthy and free from poverty.

The pictures were exhibited at Parliament last year and are now being shown in Auckland with the support of the Anglican Trust for Women and Children.  “Don’t Waste Let Them Taste” will run at Fresh Gallery in Otara, from 23 April – 2 May.

CPAG spokesperson Michael O’Brien said, “The pictures entered in the competition were of a very high standard and showed great understanding of the causes of child poverty as well as innovative and creative solutions.  We are delighted that they will be shown in Auckland.   It is important for children and young people to know their voices are heard and that they can contribute and make a difference.”

Child Poverty Action Group will speak about child poverty on the final day of the exhibition, at Fresh Gallery, Saturday 2 May, at 10am.

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