Kyle Verfaillie is an inspiration.

He has Rasmussen's syndrome and had surgery (left hemispherectomy) in 2017. Despite this, he entered the South African leg of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, finishing third the category (12 to 15 year olds) last year. His artwork was subsequently submitted to the global competition in Japan.

With more than 530 000 entries from 78 different countries, 15-year-old Kyle is the only South African finalist in the global competition, which features innovative vehicle designs.

Finishing third in Japan, Kyle walked away with a $3 000 (around R50 000) cheque as well as a finalist certificate.

He, together with eight other SA finalists, entered the national competition last year before their drawings were judged at the global level.

To make the prize-giving day super special, Toyota South Africa (TSAM) arranged for some of the Cheetahs players – including Springbok Ruan Pienaar, Blitzbok veteran Rosco Specman, Oupa Mohojé, Siya Masuku and Jeandré Rudolph – to attend the handover at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.

“The prize money will be put away to be used for a caregiver or aftercare for when he can no longer attend school. He currently goes to the Lettie Fouché Special Needs School. Kyle is a positive child who understands that there are others out there who are worse off than him. He enjoys motivating others by his actions such as artwork, swimming, gym and playing football, as he cannot express his feelings verbally,” says Kyle’s father Marc Verfaillie.

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is intended to create a platform for children throughout the world to pique their interest in cars, and even help them feel the joy and importance of having a dream. Visualised by Toyota Motor Corporation President and CEO Akio Toyoda, who wanted to inspire children to use the power of dreams and imagination, the contest is also aimed at nurturing the creativity of the next generation of great inventors, thinkers and dreamers.

The competition is open to children aged 15 and younger and comprises the following categories: Under eight, eight to 11 years and 12 to 15 years. The competition comprises a National leg and the World Contest. The National Contest is held in each of the participating countries.

The art contest was first held in 2004 in Japan and continues to be one of the largest international competitions that allow children to share their ideas about the future of cars, while simultaneously encouraging them to pursue their dreams.

Source: MotorPress 

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