Harlow students have chance to save the Lakeside elephants

Communities / Wed 12th Mar 2014 am31 08:55am

INTU Lakeside is looking for schools across Essex to register their interest to take part in its Elephant Parade. Children from six local schools will be given the opportunity to create unique elephant designs and six winners will be selected to join the tour which arrives at intu Lakeside in May.

Despite touring the world, this is the first time that school children have been asked to get involved with the parade and it is anticipated that thousands of designs will be submitted. The winners will create their own half size elephant statues which will stand shoulder to shoulder with those of top artists and celebrities.

Elephant Parade is a global public art festival, which brings together the worlds of art, business and charity to create vibrant public art elephant statues that are sold or auctioned to raise money for the Asian Elephant Foundation. The tour has been made possible by intu, the UK’s leading shopping centre brand, and the elephant herd will be visiting intu shopping centres across the country over a 14 month period, including intu Lakeside between 5th and 30th May 2014.

Izzie Peskett, Marketing Manager for intu Lakeside said: “It is incredibly important to us that Elephant Parade’s message reaches as far and wide as possible so we wanted to involve the children of Essex and give them a unique opportunity to showcase their artistic skills. The next generation is so important in spreading the awareness message and I cannot think of a better way than by getting them involved in this project.”

Mike Spits, Co-Founder of Elephant Parade commented: “From the outset, a key objective of the Elephant Parade national tour was to move beyond just fundraising for conservation and focus more attention on raising deep and lasting awareness of the underlying issues faced by the Asian elephant. In past years dozens of celebrities have submitted designs for our parades, but this tour puts the talent of tomorrow centre stage.”

lakeselepSchools can register their interest by contacting the marketing team at intu Lakeside on 01708 869 933 and need to do so by Wednesday 12th March.

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