Casper farewells his dream job

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Christ­mas came fre­quently to Casper Prescott in the past eight months.

The time is al­most up for the Ti­tahi Bay 10-year-old’s ten­ure in his dream job as a toy tester for The Ware­house.

The com­pany is now on a na­tion­wide hunt for new testers, aged 6 to 10.

Prescott was one of four chil­dren cho­sen from 400 en­trants last July.

He had to spend $30 on toys at The Ware­house and then upload a video en­try to the com­pany’s Face­book page, ex­plain­ing why he would make a good toy tester.

Casper got his four sib­lings in­volved in mak­ing the video, which in­volved putting a script to­gether with his fa­ther, Barry, and then film­ing over a day.

His video showed off his cheek­i­ness and was cre­ative and quirky.

‘‘It was a lot of fun mak­ing it, but hard at times, too,’’ he said.

Casper and three chil­dren from Welling­ton, Dunedin and Auck­land got the full me­dia treat­ment when it was an­nounced they had won, in­clud­ing in­ter­views on break­fast tele­vi­sion.

Get­ting a $200 box of toys each month was bril­liant, Casper said.

‘‘I was al­ways think­ing, ‘Could it be one of this or this?’ I never knew what I was go­ing to get and that made it su­per ex­cit­ing.

‘‘I kept say­ing I was very lucky.’’

Casper had to as­sess each toy and fill out a form, an­swer­ing ques­tions about the toy’s age suit­abil­ity, which toys he played with most and whether he could com­bine sets with one an­other.

‘‘It was like home­work but much, much more fun. I will def­i­nitely miss do­ing it.’’

Along with the $200 box of toys, fame and glory – in­clud­ing hav­ing his video played in front of his en­tire St Pius X school­mates – the best part of the pro­mo­tion for Casper and his fam­ily is yet to come: they re­ceived $15,000 worth of travel and plan to go to Dis­ney­land.

Along with $200 of toys per month, each of the four win­ners get $8000 for their fam­ily this year.

Casper’s tips for mak­ing a video that will wow the judges?

‘‘Be au­then­tic, don’t be bland. In­clude oth­ers around you and have fun.’’

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