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9-Year-Old Pockets $523.30 For Winning Entry

  A Year Four student of Labasa Sangam Primary School earned cash prize for her artistic talent in the Colgate-Palmolive ‘My Bight Smile Global Art Contest’. Katrina Valotu of Namara,
03 Sep 2016 11:16
9-Year-Old Pockets $523.30 For Winning Entry
Colgate Palmolive (Fiji) Limited Professional Relations and Community Programs Coordinator Doctor Naina Kau (right) handover cash prize to Year Four student of Labasa Sangam Primary School Katrina Valotu while assistant headteacher Matila Mateni and father Nemani Talemaitoga witness in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

 

A Year Four student of Labasa Sangam Primary School earned cash prize for her artistic talent in the Colgate-Palmolive ‘My Bight Smile Global Art Contest’.

Katrina Valotu of Namara, Labasa was awarded $523.30 while her school through the winning entry received $500.

“I was expecting to win this prize because I worked very hard for one week to draw a poster,” Katrina said.

“I drew people standing in a circle brushing teeth surrounded by moon, stars and sun to show that it was very important to brush our teeth three times a day.”

The nine-year-old said she would utilise the money to buy school stationeries, shoes and bag for the school year.

Labasa Sangam Primary School assistant head teacher Matila Mateni said she was proud to have a student who lifted the name of the school.

“The school was awarded $500 and we have decided to invest in extra-curricular activities for the students,” Ms Mateni said.

Valotu’s artwork will feature in the 2017 My Bright Smile Calendar.

The entries were judged based on originality, creativity and best rendering of the theme ‘why my bright smile is important’.”

Meanwhile, Colgate-Palmolive programmes co-ordinator Naina Kau said every year Colgate-Palmolive developed and discovered the artistic talents of children all over the world by calling these future artists to a platform called My Bright Smile Global Art Contest.

“For the past 17 years, the My Bright Smile Global Art Contest has invited children of ages six to nine years around the globe, to create artwork that show what their own bright smiles mean to them or how to achieve their brightest smile,” Ms Kau said.

“This year was the sixth year that the Colgate-Palmolive Fiji subsidiary joined the Global Art Contest with 2,205 entries from primary schools in Fiji and the Pacific Islands that entered this competition.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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