Ruth scoops award
A Newtownabbey teenager has scooped the prize for the best entry from a profoundly deaf young person at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Ruth Kelly, aged 17, won the NIDYA Cup in the annual Young Authors and Artists Competition, organised by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), the leading charity supporting deaf children and young people in the UK.
Ruth, who goes to Belfast High School, was congratulated on her success by Lord Mayor Pat Convery at a recent ceremony, funded by Commercial Connections and BBC Children in Need at Belfast City Hall.
The Young Authors and Artists Competition was launched by Bob McCullough of the Belfast Telegraph in the early 1980s.
The aim of the competition was to provide a forum for deaf children and young people to express themselves through creative writing and visual art.
This year’s theme, My World, gave children an opportunity to tell their stories by using a range of mediums, including paint, collage, photography, and creative writing.
Stacey Kilpatrick, NDCS Arts Officer UK, said: “The Young Authors and Artists competition is the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland.
“It aims to inspire deaf children and young people to get creative and use art as a means of expression.
“The standard of this year’s entries into the Young Authors and Artists competition was quite outstanding, and we’re extremely impressed by the efforts of all the children that took part.
“Deafness makes it harder for children to communicate, which can be very isolating. Projects like this in Northern Ireland help deaf children develop their interpersonal skills and self-confidence.”
Lord Mayor Pat Convery said: “It is clear that everyone, including the worthy winners of this outstanding competition, have really given maximum effort.
“They have certainly succeeded in producing pieces of the highest calibre.”