A ‘fintastic’ response to art competition with an eco message

AS an island-based financial institution, Butterfield holds the health of the oceans close to its heart and it supports, promotes and protects the marine environment wherever possible.

To celebrate World Oceans Day this year, Butterfield hosted a special art competition for young ocean warriors in Jersey and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Children were invited to create a piece of artwork featuring a dolphin in honour of the bank’s Junior Ocean Advocate mascot—Darla the Dolphin.

Butterfield launched the Junior Ocean Advocate project to primary schools across the islands in February 2020 in collaboration with the Plastic Free communities of Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney. Darla is no ordinary cuddly dolphin; her belly contains common plastic pollutants like straws and bottles, which can be removed. The project educates primary-school children across the islands about what it means to be an ocean advocate and how single-use plastic is negatively impacting the ocean.

The top entry from each category won their very own Junior Ocean Advocate pack which includes Darla and two fictional books about protecting the marine environment.

The bank was delighted to receive a huge number of fin-tastic and creative dolphin drawings, which dolphinitely made it a difficult job to select the winners.

The winners were:

In the under-4 age group: In the 4-6 age group:

Thea from Jersey aged 3 Jensen from Jersey aged 6

Honor from Guernsey aged 3 Mia from Guernsey aged 5

In the 7-8 age group: In the 9-10 age group:

Amiyah from Jersey aged 8 Bella from Jersey 10

Emilia from Guernsey aged 7 Bea from Guernsey aged 9

Having asked Bella (10) why the environment was important to her and what made her enter the competition, she said: ‘I entered the World Oceans Day competition because it looked like a really fun activity to do during lockdown and it is important to try to save the oceans and the sea animals. Because if we don’t try to save our oceans now, the time will come where it will be too late and we won’t be able to do it.’

Butterfield would like to thank everyone who entered the competition.

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