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THINK KIND Student Competition encourages sustainability

THINK KIND Student Competition encourages sustainability, compassion and healthy choices

Write / Draw / Create / Start something to help the animals

Everyone gets a prize and certificate!

Get busy during the school holidays and be in to win.

Anything goes – as long as it involves kindness to animals and/or the environment through lifestyle and dietary choices.

A poster, a petition, a speech, a fundraiser, a story, a poem, a dance, a film, a vegetarian cooking demonstration, a stall at school or a market – you choose!

There are lots of great spot prizes so the earlier you enter, the better your chances. Schools with the most entries will win one of three prizes. The top ten entries will compete in a People’s Choice vote, with the winner getting $1000 cash for their school and all ten win a prize for themselves.

School years are a time when young people are defining their beliefs and values, and learning life skills for their futures. Let’s hope the choices they make are good for our world.

This THINK KIND project is a way for kids to use whatever skills and passions they have to have their message heard.

The competition is open to any currently enrolled school students (including home school).

Sponsored by Linda McCartney’s NZ, Hell Pizza, NewWay, Plug In Pest Free, South Seas Film and Television School, The Heritage Auckland, GoodnessMe, GoodBuzz Kombucha, Revive Café, Proper Crisps and Think Kind Humane Education Australia.

“The developing years are an important time for young people to learn and make decisions about how they want to live and the impact they want to make on the environment, and on the animals used for food,” says Stephanie Lane, NZ Vegetarian Society National Manager. “This competition gives them a fun way to discover more about their diets and to make informed lifestyle choices, or to show their friends and family how what they do matters.”

Processed meat has been classed by the World Health Organisation as “carcinogenic to humans,” and red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

“New Zealand’s per capita rate of meat consumption is one of the highest in the world. Our rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity are also among the highest. We want to give our kiwi kids the tools to avoid this future,” says Stephanie Lane.

It is widely noted that a vegetarian/vegan diet has many health benefits, resulting in lower rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and longer life expectancy. All nutrients found in animal products can be easily found in plant-based options. Vegetarian diets, and especially vegan diets, have a substantially lower environmental impact.

This year the NZ Vegetarian Society is celebrating 75 years of supporting and encouraging vegetarians and vegans, and creating a kinder, healthier world through reducing cruelty to animals, improving human health, protecting the environment and preserving world food resources.

The NZ Vegetarian Society is encouraging New Zealanders to choose plant-based options and reduce the amount of animal products consumed, for their own health and for the health of animals and the planet.

The THINK KIND project is a great chance for students to learn about healthy and ethical food choices and investigate the realities behind their diets. It’s a great opportunity for young Kiwis to showcase their passion and creative talent.

Entries close on 13th August. The People’s Choice vote will open on World Vegetarian Day, 1st October 2018, with the grand winner being announced on World Vegan Day, 1st November.

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