The annual contest offers local charities the opportunity to have a bus decked out in its branding and radio advertising. People can vote online for their favourite,
The deadline for charities to enter is just before midnight tonight, and public voting closes on February 2. The 10 entries who receive the most votes will be shortlisted.
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A final winner will then be selected by a panel of judges. So far, 39 good causes have entered and thousands of votes have been cast.
The advertising package is worth £40,000.
Luke Marion, Oxford Bus Company managing director, said: “Our Brand the Bus! competition provides vital support for local good causes.
“We’ve had a fantastic response this year. I’d encourage local good causes to submit their entries and gain some fantastic brand exposure, even if they have entered previously and not been successful.
“Last year, bereavement charity SeeSaw scooped first prize with Oxford City Angels and Sobell House Hospice the runners up.
“Other charities that have had buses branded are Girl Guiding Oxfordshire, Home-Start Oxford, Blue Skye-Thinking and Restore.”
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Brand the Bus launched in 2018 as an extension of the company’s policy of inviting colleagues to recommend organisations to support across the year.
You can enter the competition here: https://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/view-gallery
Prizes will be awarded to the good causes that, in the panel’s view, meet the brief to the highest standard.
The winners will work with Oxford Bus Company to design a bus wrap featuring their organisation’s logo, colours and key messages, as well as a year’s worth of broadcast advertising with Greatest Hits Radio.
Two runners-up will win advertising packages worth £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.
Headington-based SeeSaw provides grief support for children, young people and their families in Oxfordshire.
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The charity worked with the company to design the bus wrap.
SeeSaw director Judith Mulligan said last year: “We’re thrilled to have won the Brand the Bus! competition.
“Working together to finalise our bus has been a real privilege, giving us the opportunity to involve young people in both the design and the messages portrayed.
“”Our intention when we entered the competition was to raise awareness of SeeSaw’s services, so that any bereaved child or young person would know there is support available for them.”
Last year more than 11,000 votes were cast online for the entries.
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