Pam p-p-picks up her paintbrush!

Published

2nd May 2018

Xplore Dundee’s Pam Kelly is swapping pen for paintbrush as she prepares to create a statue for Maggie’s Centre’s Penguin Parade.

 Pam, who works as a Customer Services Assistant for the bus operator, is also an artist and volunteered to team up with the ABC Ticket partnership which is sponsoring a penguin for the major fundraising event. 

 Pam says, “I’m very glad to be working with ABC to create the ‘Ticket to Ride’ penguin statue for this excellent fundraiser.  It’s great to be able to bring my creative side to my work with the bus company, and it’s a pleasant change to swap complaints and commendations for colour palettes!”

 Pam, who’s studying Contemporary Art Practice at Dundee and Angus College, created ‘Yarn bombed Wullie’ for the 2016 Oor Wullie Bucket Trail.  She’s already begun work on her penguin, which will feature some of Dundee’s best loved features and attractions – all of which are accessible by bus, using ABC multi-operator smart tickets available from Stagecoach, Moffat and Williamson and Xplore Dundee. 

 ABC allows adults and children to travel on any of the three operators’ services using just one ticket.   It’s available on smartcard from any of the three bus companies, offers unlimited travel every day and covers the whole of Dundee and its outskirts ranging from Tealing in Angus to North Fife.  Customers will be able access the majority of the Penguin Parade statues by bus using  ABC tickets after their launch on 29th June.

Managing Director of Xplore Dundee Christine McGlasson said, “It’s fantastic that one of our own employees will bring to life the ABC partnership’s penguin.  We love Pam’s design and can’t wait to see the finished statue on display.  I’m sure it will be a great contribution to this campaign and help to raise a lot of money for Maggie’s Centre, a very deserving cause.”

 The ABC penguin is being kept under wraps, alongside the other statues, but Pam reveals one very special tribute which features in its design:  “I had only just put the finishing touches to Star, the brown bear from Camperdown Park, when the news broke that she’d passed away.  I wondered whether I should replace her, but finally decided that it would be a fitting tribute to one of the wildlife park’s longest residents.”

 The Penguin Parade will hit the streets of Dundee on Friday 29th June. 

Maggie's Centre Dundee

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Xplore Dundee

As Dundee's principal public transport provider, we fulfill around 35,000 passenger journeys every day. Our service is part of the fabric of the city - carrying people where they need to be, and employing more than 300 people.

Back to news