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Asco’s Dream Car Competition For Children Launched

Asco’s Dream Car Competition For Children Launched
From left: Chief executive of Asco Motors, Craig Sims with Opeti Chambers and Oswald Chambers in Nabua on December 1, 2017. Photo: Arishma Devi-Naryan
December 02
18:09 2017

With an aim to inspire creativity in youth and encourage an interest in the automotive industry, the Asco Motors yesterday launched the 12th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

The contest aligns with Toyota’s eco-friendly future vision and is aimed at allowing kids to visualise the potential of vehicles to do more than simply move people, but to also help solve environmental and social problems.

Inspired by the first regional winner in the contest, a nine-year-old from Nadi to make it to the finals in Japan, the Asco Motors chief executive officer, Craig Sims has encouraged children to pen down their best car designs – their dream cars.

Opeti Chambers from Nadi had scooped the East Asia Regional Award after he designed a red automobile which was disaster resilient and eco-friendly.

He was inspired to draw the car after he witnessed the devastation in the country during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

His design won him a four day trip to Japan in August this year, where he participated in the Global Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

Opeti who was accompanied by his father, Oswald Chambers, also visited the home of Toyota brand including the Toyota Museum, showrooms, Toyota eco-friendly hotels and preserved natural heritage sites.

Mr Chambers said he could not imagine that his son had his dream come true through his drawing.

“Visiting the Toyota car showrooms at its origin was a privilege,” Mr Chambers said.

In addition, he said they learned a lot of things in the automotive industry but also got more inspired to work towards making the world a better place to live through eco-friendliness and sustainability.

Meanwhile, Mr Sims said the competition had three million global entries each year.

“The national level competition will last until February 2018 and we encourage parents to motivate their children to participate especially since it is school holidays now,” Mr Sims said.

The entries are open to children between the ages of seven and 15.

The Asco Motors also yesterday launched its official website which now encourages e-buying.

Edited Caroline Ratucadra



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