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Cartoon competition!

Cartoon winners take a bow at St David’s Hall
The very first fundraising event in aid of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs’ newest initiative was held at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Sunday 25 October.  All monies raised from the musical extravaganza staged by Cwmni Theatr Ieuenctid Maldwyn will go towards establishing 'Stafell Fyw Caerdydd / Living Room Cardiff, a free, bilingual day-care rehabilitation centre which aims to break the cycle of addiction. In time, the service will be extended to all major towns throughout Wales.

The evening also saw the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs announce the winners of its nationwide cartoon competition. 

Split into three age groups: under 11s, 11-18 and 18+, the competition invited children and young people to insert their own end-scenarios and comments into cartoons.  From original ideas by young people from Gwaelod-y-Garth and Efail Isaf the cartoonist Cen Williams designed four separate cartoons, showing a number of blank ‘what happened next’ scenarios, involving the effects of excess alcohol and other drugs.  The cartoons are available on the Council’s website at

Showing strong, creative talent and imagination, the winners with their prizes were:

Children under 11
Llio (under 11) Chwilog, Pwllheli - Free entrance to Portmeirion for 2 adults and up to 3 children
Competiotion winner

Carys Davies Jones (under 11) Whitchurch, Cardiff - new bike
Competiotion winner

Young people between 11-18
Erin Davies (11-18) Pen Y Maes, Flint
- new bike

Megan Louisa Davies (11-18) Pontarddulais
- 2 tickets to see the show ‘Never Forget’ at the Wales Millennium Centre

Connor J Watkins (11-18) Swansea -
weekend for 2 ar the Urdd Centre, Cardiff

Over 18
Emyr Morris-Jones, (18+) Tregarth, Bangor
- 2 tickets to see Wales V Argentina rugby international

Emyr Morris-Jones (18+) Tregarth, Bangor - 2 return flight tickets from North to South or from South to North Wales

Erith Davies (18+) Whitchurch, Cardiff - meal for 2 at the Welsh Assembly Building

Wynford Ellis Owen, chief executive of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs said, “My congratulations to all our cartoon competition winners.  It was great to see so many entries and very heartening to read the positive and humorous quips.  It is of course no joke to tackle the issues of Welsh youth addiction to alcohol and other drugs, but I am confident that by educating youngsters of the dangers of addiction, we can held them make the right choices in their lives.”

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