4 July, 2018, 4:07 pm
SINCE he was seven years old, Iowane Ratunaisa’s mom, Laisa Ratunaisa realised he had an artistic side.
The young Iowane was home-schooled by his mum. And by the time he was in primary school, he was already winning drawing competitions as well as carrying out other drawing activities for his school.
So when his name was announced as the winner of the ‘Toyota Dream Car Art Contest’ his mum couldn’t have been more proud.
“He was so excited when he heard he had won. This will be his first trip overseas and his last year in competing in this drawing competition,” said Laisa.
The 12th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is one of the largest global art contests for children. It invites children from all corners of the globe to share ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars.
Iowane, 15, took out the East Asia & Oceania Regional Winner.
He will go on a trip of a lifetime to Japan from Monday, September 3 to Thursday, September 6, 2018.
The Navala, Ba native with maternal links to Waisomo, Ono, Kadavu says the concept of his winning entry was air pollution.
“Air pollution is a major problem in the world today. Smoke from factories, houses and so on contribute to the air pollution.
“My dream (car) sucks in all the bad air and purifies it,” he said.
The drawing took two days to complete.