Here at The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, we officially unveiled our latest recruit in a bid to ‘stamp out mental health stigma and make it extinct’ – Kally the Kaleidosaurus!
We received over 100 entries from youngsters to a competition to design a mascot, which will help them to promote positive health and wellbeing.
The calibre of entries were fantastic, however the stand- out entry amongst the judging panel was the dinosaur design of eight-year-old Max Harper, from Oldbury.
Max and Kally, along with Baggie Bird, finally got to meet face-to face at the New Square Shopping Centre, and the new mascot proved to be an instant hit with shoppers.
A made-up Max said: “It was amazing when my mom told me that I had won the competition.
“It’s great to finally meet Kally because as you can guess I love dinosaurs!”
Max’s mom, Jayne, was over the moon when she was informed Max had won.
She said: “I’m so pleased for Max because he put so much hard work and effort into the design, so for Kally to be selected by the charity is incredible.
“He’s one very happy little boy and I’m one very proud mom!”
The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq, said: “We felt it was time that we had our very own mascot to represent all that we are and all that we do, but importantly to also help make the stigma of mental ill health extinct!
“We called for a bright spark to bring our vision to life and design a unique mascot for us and Max certainly did that with Kally the Kaleidosaurus!
“We can’t wait for Kally to get to work and start the process of stamping out the stigma attached to mental ill health, while also getting children and young people to talk about mental illness.”