Budding artists at Kirstenhof Primary, Steenberg High and Zwaanswyk High schools, whose artwork will be on display at Hi-Q Tokai until 17 August, are all hoping for a flurry of votes to help them win a rewarding Schools Community Project competition.
These three local schools have been ‘adopted’ by Hi-Q Tokai in this hotly contested art competition. Driven by Hi-Q and Goodyear, in conjunction with several other tyre and undercarriage retailers, a service station and aligned suppliers in the Western Cape, the competition has had learners putting their creative fingers to work in a bid to secure the big cash prizes for themselves as well as for needy children or a feeding programme at their school.
Lizce Boonzaier (Goodyear Western Cape Sales Representative) said 16 schools in closest proximity to each participating tyre fitment centre or service station had been invited to take part in the project.
“The competition was offered within three different age categories: grades R to 3, grade 4 to 7, and grades 8 to 12. The pupils had two themes to explore: Energy and Conservation. How they chose to depict these important issues was entirely up them, as long as they worked in pencil, charcoal or paint.
“The schools had approximately two months, between 20 May and 31 July, to enter their creations. Teachers at each school have now presented us with the 10 best artworks from each category, which will be on display at Hi-Q Tokai until voting closes on 17 August,” she said.
“The Tokai schools’ artwork is competing against art from schools in Sea Point, Cape Town’s CBD, Hermanus, Citrusdal and Douglas, all of which is on display at their adopted store, also until 17 August. We’ve had loads of stunning artwork entered. Competition is tight and they all want to win so the more people who pop in to view the artwork and cast their votes, the better chances they have.”
Hi-Q Tokai’s Keith Wallis said he was pleased to have an opportunity to support his dealership’s neighbourhood schools. He urged anyone who wanted to see Kirstenhof, Steenberg or Zwaanswyk win the competition to pop in at the slick tyre retail store and view the art.
“We want to encourage all the children’s friends and family, as well as our customers and suppliers, to pop in to admire their handiwork and cast their votes. We have always taken an interest in our local community. The project was the brainchild of my business partner Frans Maritz and we are grateful for the fantastic support of all suppliers and other sponsors, who have come on board this meaningful project,” Wallis said.
A special function will be held in late August in the city centre to announce the winners. Pupils whose artwork represents the top three in each category, their parents and representative from each of the winning schools will all be invited to attend. The winning pupil from each category will each receive R5000, while the winning school per category will receive sponsorship to be used at their discretion for a needy pupil, who need not necessarily have participated in the project, or a feeding programme at the value of R10 000.