26th Jan, 2021

Drawing of reunited family helps Solihull student to competition win

A HEART-WARMING drawing of family members reuniting has helped a Solihull student to win a charity art competition.

Sakinah Bouterse, 18, came first in the 15-18 category of Warwickshire charity Kissing it Better’s art and poetry competition, which aimed to bring generations together through art and poetry.

Sakinah, an Art and Design student from Solihull College, got involved after her tutor mentioned volunteering opportunities available to students during lockdown.

She said: “I took this opportunity as I thought it would mean a lot to those who are going through tough times at the moment.”

Sakinah’s drawing, which features family members of all ages reuniting, was created with the themes of ‘bringing generations together’ and ‘positivity’.

Sakinah’s drawing of different generations coming together.

She said: “I did the drawing as a way to show my gratitude for those working to save lives, and lift the hopes of those in care homes and hospitals who aren’t able to see family and friends.

“Since I didn’t enter to win, I wasn’t really expecting this, and am very proud of myself for this achievement.

“Since lockdown there hasn’t been much to look forward to, and this was a way for me to do something for the community.

“It made me feel appreciated and I’ll definitely be volunteering more in the near future.”

The winning poems and pictures in all categories will be shared with South Warwickshire Foundation Trust Hospitals and Care Homes.

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