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SOS day a great success.

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation's first ever Stamp Out Smoking Day was deemed a great success by everyone taking part on June 15. Over 20,000 children from over 100 schools took part in the one minute long sponsored stamp to help raise vital funds for the charity.

The stamp, a symbolic gesture to signify the stamping out of smoking to an age group so vulnerable to the habit, was aided by the kind and generous support of teen toon channel Cartoon Network. The channel promoted the campaign using a promotional film staring international singing star Melanie C (from the Spice Girls). The voice over declared that, 'Spice Girl Melanie C would rather kiss IR Baboon's butt than kiss a smoker!' The campaign triggered the imagination of thousands of children across the British Isles who turned to their head teachers begging to be part of the campaign. A draw was then made of the participating schools with the winning school being treated to the Christmas party of a lifetime this December.

The winning school from Old Trafford was delighted to hear the good news. Head teacher Mr Rae, said, TMThe children were delighted at the news that their school had won the party and have really enjoyed the whole campaign to put an end to smoking.

It's great because our school rarely wins any competitions and we're really looking forward to the party.

St Alphonus RC Primary in Old Trafford won the prize after 180, 4- 11 year olds stamped constantly for two whole minutes on June 15 as a symbolic gesture to stamp out smoking.

Melanie C drew the school out of a hat delighting the children with the news that their Christmas party would also include a DJ and costume characters from their favourite shows, all the food and drink they can eat and there'll also be a surprise attendance from a local celebrity.

Melanie said she was very pleased to be taking part in the campaign, TMI really hate smoking and so I'm happy to do anything I can to stop kids from starting smoking.

Smoking is a disgusting habit, it makes you unfit, it's not cool and it's so incredibly bad for your health. I was very pleased to be asked to help by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation because I'd always admired Roy Castle and his work. I am also truly amazed at the wonderful work of the scientists, nurses and doctors and all the dedicated team at the charity who work tirelessly to help people with lung cancer, the biggest cancer killer in the UK and the world.

Watch this space for a review of the party of a lifetime!
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 1, 2001
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