2016 commemorates the 29th Annual Lions International Peace Poster contest which is titled “A Celebration in Peace.”
This is a project that enables the Lions Club worldwide to help understand the needs of the youth and get to know them better by recognising the value of investing more time and effort towards helping them to present the ideas on how to create a world living in peace and harmony. “Our work with youth is never done. There will always be room for improvement by starting a new project that empowers youth understanding or enhancing our current young scholars in partnerships whereby introduced and connected to Leos’ and so being informed of the codes and objectives of the Leos’ organisation,” said Lion Mike Wood.
All participating Lions Clubs assist this worldwide “Peace Poster” contest by encouraging the youth of the community to participate and to express their feelings of peace. By promoting this contest at the local schools the Lions help the scholars to strengthen their relationships with their schools and communities. Lions are continuously searching for inspiration to engage the youth in new service challenges that are presented in each unique community. Some of these projects help assist the sick and elderly; giving food donations to the poor; blanket collections; second hand clothing, shoes and toy collections; youth and adult education and development; and, also providing entertainment to others.
Working with Lions and Leos’, their ideas are supported and facilitated. But individually school goers’ leadership and other potentials are developed – especially where they see their own ideas being executed.
In 2015 the essay competition section of the peace poster competition overall worldwide winner was won by Joel Greek. He attends the Athlone School for the Blind in Cape Town. He was sponsored by the Lions Club of Gordons Bay. This enabled their president Jimmy Lang and Past District Governor, Paula Lang, to accompany Joel and his mother and attend the official announcement which was made on Lions Day at the United Nations in the USA on March 12, 2016.
The De Grendel Lions Club would like to extend their congratulations to Joel on his amazing achievement. On 13 April 2016 at the Athlone School Joel was presented with the award plus cash prize of R20 000. Joels’ life has been changed forever and deservedly so. In June, Joel was invited to the International Convention at FUKUOTA – Japan as a guest. Here he was formally introduced to all Lions delegates attending the convention.
Each school that participates chooses the winner among their entrants, which then go forward to represent their school and Lions Club against others nationally and internationally.
Among the schools participating were Tafelberg School in Bothasig and Edgemead Primary School. Marc Hartzenberg was selected as Tafelberg School’s winning entry and the winning entry from Edgemead Primary School was that of Patrick Kabaya.
Both the Tafelberg School and Edgemead Primary School winner’s posters will be forwarded for judging at the Lions Club district offices. The overall District winner will have their posterforwarded for judging at the district offices. The overall winner chosen will have their entry sent to the USA for final judging. We wish all the South African competitors good luck with their entries. In conclusion we would mention that the Lions Club De Grendel is presently undertaking to donate trophies to our schools and aim towards encourage pupils to do service for their community. Here each school winner will be listed on the trophy annually and the winning recipient will receive a special prize and a commemorative medallion. Interested schools wishing to participate are welcome to contact the clubs’ president Patrick Pillay at: email: email@example.com.