BroccoliBillGlasgow City Council‘s arms-length organisation Cordia called on the young people of Glasgow to bring their favourite healthy food to life and create a character following the ‘healthy and happy’ theme. Over 1000 entries were received from schools across the city.

Ruairidh McKenzie, a P7 pupil from Clyde Primary School, won the competition with his wonderful Broccoli Bill design. Bill was then made in to a full size mascot as well as being used across Fuel Zone marketing materials.

Julia McCreadie of Cordia commented: “We were delighted to have had such a wonderful response to our mascot competition. Ruairidh showed off his creative skills and produced a design which embodies both healthy eating and Scottish heritage.”

One of three judges Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years (and Local Councillor for Ward 13 Garscadden/Scotstounhill) said: “This has been a really fun competition for the primary pupils – but an important learning opportunity too. We all know the benefits and link with healthy eating and increased concentration so a competition that illustrates this to our children is a brilliant idea. Let’s hope Broccoli Bill becomes a well-known face across the city – I think everyone will love him.”

The children from Yokerburn Nursery joined in the fun with the Clyde pupils when Broccoli Bill had his first official engagement. Ward 13 Councillor Michael Cullen popped in to meet creator Ruaridh and Broccoli Bill.