Winner of the Write 4 Fun competition, Finn Ball of Alstonville Public School. He beat 9000 entrants from across Australia with his short story.
Winner of the Write 4 Fun competition, Finn Ball of Alstonville Public School. He beat 9000 entrants from across Australia with his short story. Jay Cronan

Finn pens winning tale

A TRIP to the local shops has led to $1000 in prize money and a Nintendo Wii for Alstonville Public School student Finn Ball.

Finn, 9, entered the 2010 Write4Fun short story competition with his tale about the devastation palm oil plantations cause to orang-outangs habitat.

He also writes about shopping with his mum and telling her not to buy some biscuits because they contained palm oil.

He beat 9000 other entrants from across the country, including entrants in Year 11.

Mum Natasha Ball said she was proud of Finn, and they ‘screamed and jumped around’ when they found out Finn had won.

“Finn is the eldest of four kids and he just reads everything. I saw some biscuits on special which would have been good for school lunches, and he read the ingredients and went ‘Mum, how can you? It’s got palm oil in it’,” she said.

“I cried when I found out he had won, because my son at eight had the maturity and foresight to think about and understand such an important message.”

Finn said he was ‘really really excited’ he’d won the competition, with prize money of $500 going towards the school, $500 for himself and a shiny new Nintendo Wii.

“I sort of had an idea of what to write, so it wasn’t that hard,” he said.

“I want to be a writer when I grow up, and I quite like writing imaginary stories.”

But the grade-four student isn’t planning on spending his prize money on lollies, and instead wants to donate money to theAustralian Orangutan Project.

“I care about orang-outangs a lot and hopefully one day I can go over and see them,” he said.

“I just really hope orang-outangs don’t become extinct.”



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