A LOCAL and talented young artist of a remote primary school in Labasa made history as the first candidate in the country to feature in the 2013 Bright Smiles, Bright Futures Calendar.
Thanks to Colgate-Palmolive Fiji for joining the My Bright Smile Global Art Contest, Sadhika Siddhi Raj, 7, of Waidamudamu Sanatan Dharam Primary School was able to enter the contest to showcase her artwork.A statement from Colgate-Palmolive said for the past 14 years, the contest invited children from the ages of six to nine-years old to create artwork that showed what their own bright smiles meant to them or how to achieve their brightest smile.
"This year was only the second year that the Colgate-Palmolive Fiji subsidiary joined the contest where a total of 538 entries from seven primary schools in Fiji entered," the statement said.
"Four entries were selected and sent along with finalists from Australia and New Zealand to the US for the final judging and we are excited to announce that the calendar will feature Fiji's very first winner, Sadhika," it said.
Her father Gaj Raj said: "As the father and head of the school, I am overwhelmed with Sadhika's achievement."
"Her love for art has placed the name of our school and our beautiful country high globally. The prizemoney of $US500 ($F894), which Sadhika has won as her classroom grant will be used to upgrade facilities," Mr Raj said. He thanked Colgate-Palmolive for bringing the competition to the children of Fiji because it not only benefitted the artist but also the school.
Sadhika won $US250 ($F447) for herself and US$500 ($F894) for her classroom.
Sadhika's artwork will be among the 12 winning entries from around the world to be featured in the calendar. She is the lone representative from the Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand.