On Monday, Sadiq Khan MP, Member of Parliament for Tooting visited Swaffield Primary School in Earlsfield to congratulate ten year old Alitza Chohderi on winning his annual Christmas card competition for 2013.
Every year Sadiq Khan invites primary school children from across his constituency to design his Christmas card. As in previous years, the response from local schools has been excellent, with seven local primary schools submitting hundreds of entries from children of all ages.
The entries were judged on 8th November by four community representatives; Reverend Sue Clarke from St Paul’s Church in Furzedown, Wandsworth Borough Commander, Chief Superintendent Paul McGregor, Assistant Editor of the Wandsworth Guardian, Nicholas Hitchens and Tooting Councillor Ben Johnson. They selected six runners up whose designs appear on the back of the card.
After much deliberation, the judges selected Alitza Chohderi’s design to appear on the front of Sadiq’s Christmas card this year. Sadiq presented Alitza with a framed copy of the card, along with a certificate and an invitation for Alitza and her family to take a tour of the Houses of Parliament. Each runner up will also receive a prize and every child that entered the competition will receive a certificate from Sadiq.
Sadiq’s Christmas card will be sent out to more than 6,000 families, businesses, Government ministers and celebrities across the world, including this year’s X Factor winner.
The cards this year have been very generously sponsored by local businesses; Pooja Sweets, Chicken Cottage, Prime Group, South West London Television, Ocean Home Designs and Pearl Chemist Group.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“My Christmas card competition is always one of the highlights of being the MP for Tooting. It is great to see so many local schools taking part and the children taking such pride over their entries. I would like to say a big thank you to all the children who entered. Alitza’s design looks great and I am sure everyone at Swaffield Primary School will be very proud.
“I would also like to thank all of the judges for giving up their time to help choose the winner. The standard this year was very high and it was a very difficult decision for them to make. I must also thank the sponsors who have very kindly supported the competition this year.”
Sadiq announcing the winner of his Christmas Card Competition 2013.
Swaffield Head Teacher Mrs Lilley said:
“I am thrilled that Alitza Chohderi has been chosen as the winner of Sadiq’s Christmas Card competition this year. The students always enjoy taking part, and it is great to see one of their own designs will feature on the front of our MP’s Christmas card.
“Alitza is over the moon to win and everyone here at Swaffield is very proud to say someone from our school has won.”