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We live in extraordinary times where we have a majority of the population in lockdown at home while others are providing the essential services to keep our communities safe and functioning.

I am inviting  children to say thank you to those providing essential services by producing art championing the work of our doctors, nurses, garbage collectors, supermarket and  pharmacy workers and the many others in a way that is consistent and safe with the “stay home save lives” message.

The art is to be of anybody doing essential work, whether it be on the frontline in our hospitals, our caregivers at home, our emergency services or the cleaners, lab technicians, supermarket workers, truck drivers, port workers and farmers who are keeping us safe and well.

Please photograph your art and email to me at

Shortlisted art (ages 1 to 12) each week will be published on my website The latest piece of art can be found here. 

The competition is for the lockdown period.

Art is always a great medium for children to express emotions, especially during this difficult time and at the same time to say thanks to those doing the hard yards to keep us safe and well.

Stay safe.

Dr Parmjeet Parmar
National List MP based in Mt Roskill


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