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Iowane, 15, Wins Trip To Japan

Iowane, 15, Wins Trip To Japan
Iowane Ratunaisa after recieivng his award at the Asco Motors Showroom in Suva on August 31, 2018. Photo: Swashna Chand
September 05
11:00 2018

Fifteen-year-old Iowane Ratu­naisa has been awarded an opportunity to take part in a creative programme in Japan this week.

Iowane was awarded this opportuni­ty after he was selected as the winner of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest on Monday at the Asco Motors Show­room in Suva, yesterday.


The Vashist Muni College student said he applied for the same pro­gramme last year, but he was not se­lected then.

“My mum kept motivating me to keep trying and I thank her for the motivation,” Iowane said.

He said he drew a flying car that con­verted polluted air into purified air, hence showing some innovative ideas to help control pollution in the envi­ronment.

“This drawing took me two days to complete and I did it all by myself.”

He said initially he thought that it would be a waste of time drawing be­cause he could not make it through last year.

“It was a Saturday when I came to Suva and I was reading Fiji Sun and my name was listed, I was surprised.”

Laisa Ratunaisa, 54, Iowane’s moth­er, said that she was so proud of her son.

“My son is talented and we saw this with his drawing. Every afternoon he would come from school and he would only draw,” she said.

Asco Motors, chief executive officer Craig Sims said: “The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest has been running for a number of years now.

“Winners go to Japan for a week and they learn more art in relation to cre­ativeness and innovation,” Mr Sims said.

Meanwhile; tickets were provided for the whole family including accom­modation and expenses.

He is joined by his family on this trip to Japan and returns this Thursday.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu


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