2021 Art Competition
Prizes, Terms & Conditions
This years theme
Create an image of what comes to mind when you think of blood or DNA or thalassaemia
Here are some ideas if you are feeling a little stuck!
- Why do you think it is important to donate blood?
- What do you imagine your blood or DNA to look like?
- Draw your own unique DNA. For example, do you have your dad’s hair and mum’s eyes?
- Do you have any special memories around blood or DNA?
- What does having thalassaemia/ treatment look like or mean to you/ your family?
What is thalassaemia?
Thalassaemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects a protein in the red blood cells called haemoglobin. People with severe forms of thalassaemia produce little or no haemoglobin (which is the protein that transports oxygen in red blood cells). If not treated well, it can cause severe pain, tiredness, breathlessness and other serious health conditions. Those with the beta thalassaemia major need to receive regular blood transfusions every 2 to 4 weeks throughout their lives in order to stay alive.
Thalassaemia is passed down through generations- for instance; grandparents- parents- you.
Many people carry the thalassaemia trait but do not know because it shows no signs – you do not feel unwell, and you are healthy. They usually only find out when they have children who have inherited thalassaemia from both parents! That’s why it is important to find out if you have thalassaemia in your family, particularly if you’re from Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, African and South American ancestry.
What is blood?
Your body carries around four to six litres (8.5 to 12.5 pints) of blood. Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a liquid called plasma. Each of the three types of blood cells has specific roles to play:
- Red blood cells transport oxygen around the body and remove carbon dioxide and other waste products. They give your blood its red colour.
- White blood cells fight infection as part of the immune system (the body’s natural defence against infection and illness).
- Platelets help the blood to clot (thicken).
What are blood transfusions?
Those with thalassaemia produce a limited amount of red blood cells. Regular transfusions give those with the condition healthy red blood cells to make up for the ones they do not have.
Regular transfusions can help prevent beta thalassemia complications like:
- Weak bones
- Enlarged spleen
- Slow growth
- Heart problems
What is DNA?
You have got your own unique DNA from your parents, nobody else in the world will have the same DNA as you (unless you have an identical twin!) DNA is information you pass on to the next generation, for example, if the colour of your parents hair is brown, chances are, you will have brown hair too! Each piece of information is carried on a different section of the DNA, these sections are called genes.
Age Categories (Years)
- 3 to 5 years
- 6 to 9 years
- 10 to 12 years
- 13 to 16 years
Prizes for each group
- 1st prize £50
- 2nd prize £30
- 3rd prize £20
- 1st prize (17+) £100
*Or equivalent in other currencies*
Enter by FRIDAY 4th JUNE for a chance to win!
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