Kyas wins nationwide competition for new animated series

A nationwide competition to find the voice of the lead character for a new animated series has announced that local school-boy, Kyas Ako-parker, Sudley Junior School in Aigburth, has won the main prize to narrate ‘Clean Our Planet: Energy Of Change’.

Kyas, aged 11, along with five other children from around the country were selected after a six-month process that searched across 40,000 families.

Run by Clean Planet Energy and partnered by the UK’s leading child talent agency Scallywags, participants were asked to create a short video about how they are helping protect the planet.

Bertie Stephens, CEO of Clean Planet Energy, said: “Kyas showed us when he entered the competition that he was already making a number of changes to his life to help clean our planet.

“From taking the local electric bus to school rather than be driven, using paper bags instead of plastic ones, and stopping his family from using plastic straws, he was a perfect example of the Energy of Change we need to look up to.

Kyas said: “I first found out about pollution in the news. It was very upsetting to see lots of animals getting hurt because of our own selfish human deeds. The world definitely needs to change, humans are not the only ones living on this beautiful planet.

Kyas, who himself is an aspiring cartoon artist, believes the animation can make all the difference to those around him.
Kyas said: “I have always loved drawing and making cartoons, so when I found out I got the part, my excitement rocketed up to space! I like to think that since most young people like cartoons, when they see this one, they could be encouraged to make a change!”

The animated series will go into voice-over production this summer with an initial release date scheduled for later this year.

The primary target audience will be school-children but like all good animations the purpose is to bring-together the entire family.

All finalists will receive a certificate, and the winners, in addition to winning the voice-over prize, have also been awarded a cash prize of £125.

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