WAIDAMUDAMU Primary School in the Korotari cane belt area outside Labasa had a good reason to celebrate as a student from the school won a first-ever global art competition.
The worldwide competition which is run locally by Colgate-Palmolive (Fiji) Limited as part of its global art competition was won by the school's Class Two student Sadhika Raj.
The seven-year-old was lost for words and was over the moon as the good news was brought to her school by a team from Colgate-Palmolive (Fiji) Ltd headed by the company's marketing manager Suma Molia including Miss Friendly North 2012 Tanveen Kaur.
Waidamudamu Primary School headteacher and proud father of the competition winner, Gaj Raj Prasad said the school of 40 students was proud of Sadhika for being the first student in the school to win such a global competition.
"It is an overwhelming feeling for the students of the school including the staff, management and the parents to have a school like ours be recognised in such a global competition," said Mr Prasad.
Sadhika thanked Colgate Palmolive for coming up with such initiatives encouraging students who have a passion for visual art while at the same time promoting oral health.
"I always had the passion for drawing and took part in nearly every competition that came out of the papers and I am proud that through this competition I was able to win $US250 ($F445) and $US500 ($F890) grant for the development of the school," she said.
"I have a message for children out there in Fiji to develop their passion for drawing if they have an interest in drawing as I do because one day it will be recognised.
"I also encourage students to take good care of their teeth because it is the only thing that completes the famous Fijian smile," she said.