Newport toddler stars in Thai ad campaign
12:40pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A GWENT toddler is cheering up millions of people around the world with his online videos which have recently been used up by a Thai education campaign.
Four-year-old Dylan Hall, of Caerleon, was born in Thailand and moved to Newport two years ago.
A video of Dylan painting a garden gnome has been used by the ‘Dirt is Good’ project, funded by Unilever.
What started as a fun attempt to learn Thai has transformed into a series of videos and pictures with a worldwide following of fans.
His father, Peter Hall, said: “People asked for more videos and so we posted some of his daily life, usually as he came home from nursery.
“We had letters off agencies and people asking if he could be a model.
“We even had a mobile phone company offering us free phones.”
Mr Hall and his wife, Passamon, still get bombarded with requests, but they agreed to the ‘Dirt is Good’ project.
Mr Hall said: “There was a campaign in Thailand who are trying to encourage children to play more outside and get dirty, as too many kids are spending all their time indoors.”
In February of this year, the Argus reported that a Youtube video of Dylan reciting the Thai alphabet, Korkai, racked up more than 2 million hits in just two weeks.
The video now has more than 7.6m views and his Facebook fan page has over 463,000 likes.
Mr Hall, a lecturer at Coleg Gwent teaching English as a foreign language, said: “Our decisions are based on the fact that if it’s promoting an individual product or company, we say no.”
Mr Hall said a lot of his development was down to the fantastic dedication of the staff in Caerleon Endowed Infant School, where Dylan goes to nursery.
As a result of his videos, Dylan has raised several thousand pounds for a disabled children’s charity in Bangkok, has been part of campaigns for education development in Thailand and even been featured on a government handout, recommending his videos for a way to relax.
The video of Dylan reciting the Thai alphabet which made him a YouTube star:
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