Children prove that they know how to ‘Bee Safe’

Back row (l-r) Tom Durrant, Home Accident Prevention Officer, NBC, Michael Lindsay, Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator, Travelwise NI, David McCoy, Carnmoney Raleigh Centre, Mayor Fraser Agnew, James O'Kane, Environmental Health Officer. Front row (l-r) Gareth Blair, Rathcoole PS, Josh Pyper, Doagh PS and Sarah Martin, Ashgrove PS. INNT 27-510CON

Back row (l-r) Tom Durrant, Home Accident Prevention Officer, NBC, Michael Lindsay, Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator, Travelwise NI, David McCoy, Carnmoney Raleigh Centre, Mayor Fraser Agnew, James O'Kane, Environmental Health Officer. Front row (l-r) Gareth Blair, Rathcoole PS, Josh Pyper, Doagh PS and Sarah Martin, Ashgrove PS. INNT 27-510CON

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The annual Bee Safe event took place at Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre in May, with over 940 Year 7 pupils from primary schools throughout the borough attending.

During the week-long initiative, local police, along with colleagues from the NI Fire and Rescue Service, Women’s Aid, Northern Ireland Electricity, Department of Regional Development Road Safety, Newtownabbey Borough Council Environmental Health and Translink instructed pupils on a variety of safety issues, giving them the necessary skills and information to help keep themselves safe.

The children got the opportunity to learn about bicycle safety with assistance from Davy McCoy of Carnmoney Raleigh Centre, and were informed about potential hazards around the home by representatives of Home Accident Prevention Newtownabbey.

The pupils’ knowledge was then tested through a quiz and all correct entries were then entered into a draw.

Prizes, kindly donated by Travelwise, Home Accident Prevention Newtownabbey and the council, were presented this week to: 1st (£150 voucher for Carnmoney Raleigh Centre) - Max Watson, Whiteabbey Primary; 2nd (£30 voucher each for Carnmoney Raleigh Centre) - Gareth Blair, Rathcoole Primary and Sarah Martin, Ashgrove Primary; 3rd (£20 ‘one4all gift card’ each) - Daniel Stewart, Mossgrove Primary and Josh Pyper, Doagh Primary.