KU student’s public posters warn against loan sharks

A KU fashion student has warned others against using illegal loan sharks by winning a poster competition organised by KUSU.

Georgina Deacon

A KU fashion student is helping the crackdown campaign on loan sharks by winning a poster design competition.

Postgraduate student Garfield Kar C Li won the KUSU competition of designing a striking poster that will warn people – particularly students – against turning to illegal money lenders.

“Strong relationship within the community”

Lucy Williams, KUSU Vice-President Student Life, said: “As a students’ union, we are always on the look out for new ways to engage students with their community. In addition, it’s also a great way for them to boost their skills and career prospects.

“It has been really positive to see strong relationships being built within our community and we look forward to working in partnership with Kingston Council in the future.”

The competition came down to a shortlist of 12 entries and was judged by members from KUSU, the Council’s Trading Standards and Communications teams, and the England Illegal Money Lending Team.

The poster is already on display around Kingston town centre notice boards and will be until April 23.

“Devastating impact on families”

Councillor Simon James said: “Garfield’s striking poster helps to highlight our message that loan sharks can have a devastating impact on families.

“No matter how much you are struggling, loan sharks are not the answer to your financial troubles. If you have been affected by illegal money lending we urge you to get in touch with the Illegal Money Lending Team.”

Report loan shark activity

To report loan shark activity, call 0300 555 2222 to speak to experts in confidence. Alternatively, text ‘Loan shark’ with your message to 60003, email reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk or send a private message at www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject.

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