As ‘Lollipop’ people everywhere gear up to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the School Crossing Patrol Service on 29 April, the official partner of the celebrations, car distributor Hyundai Car (UK) Ltd, is launching a countrywide initiative to find the nation’s official Golden Jubilee Lollipop Person.
The campaign, which is supported by road safety officers’ governing body LARSOA and accident prevention charity RoSPA*, aims to discover the country’s most deserving school crossing patroller. The lucky winner will receive a brand new Hyundai Getz 1.1 GSI, the manufacturer’s first supermini and winner of a What Car? Car of the Year award.
Penny Szczepaniak, PR Manager for Hyundai Car (UK) says: "‘Lollipop’ people represent a group of unsung heroes. They do a vital job in difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions, so this is an opportunity for people to show their appreciation by nominating their favourite school crossing patrol person for the title of Golden Jubilee Lollipop Person.
"There are no qualifying criteria for the competition. Entries could be for the longest serving patrol, the youngest, the funniest, the kindest, the most reliable or any other reason. People just need to tell us why their ‘Lollipop’ person is so special and why they should win."
Chair for LARSOA, Steve Whitehouse says: "In the present climate with increased traffic and parents’ concerns about road safety, LARSOA is pleased to celebrate the excellent work that school crossing patrols throughout the country have been doing over the last 50 years. We are delighted that Hyundai is undertaking this initiative, and we are confident that it will help to give patrollers the recognition they deserve."
People wanting to nominate a ‘Lollipop’ person can enter through the official entry form which can be downloaded from the Hyundai Getz website, www.hyundai-getz.co.uk . Alternatively, people can request a form by writing to: Hyundai School Crossing Patrol Competition, Airedale House, 423 Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2EZ.
The Hyundai Getz 1.1 GSI was launched in October to rave reviews and has recently been named as What Car? Budget Car of the Year 2003. It has excellent fuel economy, power steering, central locking, ABS, electric windows, airbags and a CD player. For more information visit www.hyundai-getz.co.uk.Published 15 April 2003