An 11-year-old Winnipeg student has claimed first prize in a national writing contest sponsored by residential home insurer Genworth Canada.
Chaamindri Fernando’s poem was selected from nearly 5,000 entries in the cross-Canada contest, where grade 4, 5 and 6 students were challenged to think about what home means to them.
Each entry in the Meaning of Home contest generates $5 for Habitat for Humanity with $60,000 donated on behalf of the winner and $5,000 donated on behalf of each runner up.
Since being launched in 2007, Genworth Canada’s Meaning of Home contest has generated more than $570,000 in grants being directed to more than 30 Habitat affiliates across the country and its employees have dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours on Habitat builds in Canada.
Runners-up in the 2012 contest were:
- Sammi Szeto from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
- Andrew Geffrion from Kanesatake, Québec
- Annalies Henckel from Courtenay, British Columbia
- Denver Winch from Oakville, Ontario, and
- Abby Howard from Whitby, Ontario.