Pearson learner wins Design a Kombi competition

2017-08-23 06:00
Rachel Barry from Pearson High School is the overall winner of Volkswagen Tavcor's Design a Kombi competition.             Photo:ANIKA DE BEER

Rachel Barry from Pearson High School is the overall winner of Volkswagen Tavcor's Design a Kombi competition. Photo:ANIKA DE BEER

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NEARLY four months after the Tavcor Volkswagen Design a Kombi competition kicked off with a bang, the winners were finally announced on Thursday, August 10.

The competition was initially set to run from April 19 to June 9, but it garnered far more interest than the organisers ever dared hope for, leading them to extend the deadline to July 28.

Tavcor Volkswagen received a total of 448 entries across the primary school, high school and open categories.

Entrants were required to design the artwork for their Kombi shuttle using the theme “Design a Coastal Kombi” as Port Elizabeth is situated along the beautiful Nelson Mandela Bay coastline.

Competition entries had to be hand-drawn and only the originals were accepted.

The overall winner’s artwork was used to brand the Tavcor Volkswagen Kombi Service Shuttle which was unveiled at the awards function.

However, the awards ceremony had a surprise in store.

Owing to the high standard of the competition and the large number of entries, there was a second Kombi that was wrapped in the second place winner’s artwork as well.

“The judges had the tough task of choosing three finalists per category,” said Martin Taverner, general manager of new car sales at Tavcor Volkswagen.

They eventually whittled the 448 entries down to nine finalists, of which the winners were then chosen.

The open category winner is Ashleigh Darné.

Byunghwi Lee of St Dominic’s Priory School is the high school category winner and Tasnim Hossain of Erica Girls’ Primary the primary school category winner.

They each received a R1 500 cash prize. The two learners’ schools also received R1 500 each.

Erica Girls’ Primary learner Tasnim Hossain came in second place, while Rachel Barry, a Pearson High School learner, took the grand prize of R2 000 for being the overall winner of the competition.

Her school also received R1 500.

According to Taverner, the reason they started the competition is because they as a family business wanted to engage with families in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

He said the competition presented a wonderful opportunity for Nelson Mandela Bay residents to showcase their artistic skills.

“The reason we chose a Kombi as the vehicle to colour in is because it is reputedly the most widely used vehicle linked to families. Short of the Beetle, it is also the longest-standing vehicle in the Volkswagen range.”

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