The countdown to the 2009 CHEO telethon kicked off Wednesday with the unveiling of a new campaign logo.
The new logo was designed by Neecha Klee, 15, a Grade 9 student at Gloucester High School, who won a contest put on by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario to design this year's logo.
The new logo, which depicts a stitched teddy bear holding a stuffed little girl, will appear on all telethon merchandise and advertising. The logo and campaign was unveiled at a ceremony at Gloucester High School on Wednesday.
For her efforts, Klee was given a new camera and a framed copy of her artwork, and the school was awarded a $1,000 bursary. Klee is on a school committee to determine the best use of the money.
Klee first heard about the competition when her teacher came into class and told the students to "draw a teddy bear" for the contest. After a few redesigns, Klee learned in class that she won.
She "jumped up and down right in the middle of class, screaming, 'I won! I won!'"
The award is a boon for artistically inclined Klee, who "loves to sing, play guitar, and (is) always doodling in (her) notebook."
"I want to be a tattoo artist, so I think this will really help me with that," said Klee.