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Cardonald Art Student Walks Off With Winning Design Accolade

September 03, 2010 5:01 PM

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When health walking group the South West Strollers asked Cardonald College design students to come up with a logo for them, college students jumped at the chance.

Sabina McDonald, Health Improvement Practitioner with South West Community Health and Care Partnership and member of the South West Walking Network, said: “The design remit came from a recent community walking event where we asked local people to generate ideas about the branding of our walking network, including deciding on a name and logo. The name ‘South West Strollers’ was mentioned most frequently.

“The event was one of four 'Get Together Walks' that the South West Walking Network organised in 2010 and involved South West walkers walking around one of our local parks, led by a member of the Community Action Team. The idea behind these walks was to encourage local people to come together, get to know one another and build their confidence in walking around our parks.

“We received lots of great ideas for the logo from the Cardonald students and it was a tough challenge to pick one to be our logo. Eventually, our Walk Leaders had to choose a winner and they opted for a great design from student Brian Walker.”

Winning designer Brian, from Cambuslang, said: “When they picked mine, I was really pleased. I thought it was pretty cool.”

To celebrate, Brian presented a framed copy of his logo to Glasgow walk leader, Winnie McPhail and members of the South West Strollers.

Winnie, from Drumchapel, has been a walk leader for a number of years after being trained by Walk Glasgow and enjoys the health benefits that walking brings. She said she was delighted to accept the new logo.

She added: “I became a walk leader for what I thought was a few weeks, but five years later I’m still enjoying doing it!”

Following the presentation, Winnie joined the South West Strollers on a walk around Bellahouston Park, led by Glasgow City Council Community Action Officer, Willie Connor.

Willie, who works for the Council’s Community Action Team which run walks in five areas of the city, said: “The Community Action Team’s remit covers recycling, road safety, cycling proficiency, the environment and health and we do a lot of work across the city with schools and community groups.”

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