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Barwon Water competition winner Hadi Vander Noord

Geelong Lutheran College St John’s Newtown student, Hadi Vander Noord, recently won first prize, in her age group, in a state-wide water-themed art competition, supported by our region’s provider Barwon Water.

In recognition of the quality of Hadi’s poster she won $500 for herself and $300 for the school. Her work was converted to canvas and displayed at both the Geelong and Colac shows. It will be converted into a jigsaw. Barwon Water Education Officer, Fernando Garcia, visited St John’s Newtown to make the presentation. As a compassionate young girl, whose concern for people extends abroad, Hadi’s artwork depicts the gulf between those who have plenty and those who have nothing. "The person on the right hand side has their hand lower than that on the left and is hoping to receive water from that person with the cup," Hadi said. "But the cup has holes in it, so whenever the girl tries to give it to her the clean blue water leaks out and turns rust coloured. “That represents the fact that those pleading for water very often get very little, and even then it’s usually not clean water."

The attached photo shows Hadi with her proud family, art teacher Robyn Kerdel and Barwon Water’s Fernando Garcia