Rio’s makeover begins…

Rio getting his new makeover

The pupils of Mary Russell school, under the guidance of their art teacher, Miss Ferguson, have started smartening up Rio the lion. Our hope is that they will have him ready for the beginning of December for our new Christmas window.

What do think of his new rainbow mane? We enclose a picture of how he looked when he came to us to compare with how he is starting to shape up.

Rio looking tired when he arrived at Rainbow Turtle

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Where is Rio off to now?

Rio the lion was recently off on his travels, but where was he going, I hear you ask? (Note, lions are not covered by the current travel restrictions, since there is no evidence that they are carriers of the covid 19 virus.)

Rio waiting to go on his travels

Rio’s been looking a wee bit tired lately and he arrived at Mary Russell school in Paisley today where he is to undergo a makeover. The pupils of the school are going to redecorate him for this year’s Rainbow Turtle Christmas window.

Rio is going back to school

Again, I hear you ask, what has a lion got to do with Christmas and fair trade? Our theme this year will be about diversity, and how much more diverse can you get with a green lion and a rainbow turtle?

Watch this space for further exciting episodes from the life of the far-travelled Rio the lion.


Guess who’s returning to Rainbow Turtle?

Which of these personalities is coming back to Rainbow Turtle?

We heard that one of our friends is returning to Rainbow Turtle and wondered if you could guess who it is?

No, it’s not our former education officer, Josh Brown. Nor is our previous media officer, Ross Beattie. Neither is it one time chair of trustees, Jim Rutherford.

Yes, you’ve got it, it’s Rio the lion, who adorned our shop in 2016 during the time of the Paisley 2021 bid. Since then Rio has been staying at Wallace Primary School (who had also decorated him at the time). Wallace Primary have very kindly offered him back to Rainbow Turtle and we were delighted to accept. We’re hoping to give Rio a makeover and get him ready for our Christmas shop window. Watch this space for more news about him.