Each year 600,000 young people throughout the world participate in the Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Competition. For the past three decades, children around the globe have been entering this incredible art contest, which gives them a chance to express how they feel about world peace in a unique and creative way. There’s also a peace essay contest, which gives visually impaired kids a chance to be part of this global competition.
The theme of this year’s competition is Journey of Peace, and the Lions Club of Rye is putting its might behind Rye Primary School with the kids being part of this exciting contest. Children turning 11, 12 or 13 by November 15 are eligible to participate, but are only allowed one entry of their own creation. Three-dimensional entries are not accepted, and there’s a judging process that moves from club to district, multiple district and on to an international level before the grand prize winner is announced out of 24 finalists. The grand prize winner receives a trip to an award ceremony where he or she receives a $5000 prize.
The annual Peace Poster Competition aims at providing opportunities for the self-development, education, contribution, and achievement of young people. Lions Club of Rye president Gael Harvey explains: “This competition is not only about promoting peace throughout the world and international understanding, it is also about increasing self-awareness and improving attitudes towards each other. It encourages youth to perform at their best, acknowledges their positive efforts and achievements and generates self-esteem so they can meet further challenges. All participants will receive a certificate and the winner or winners will move on to the next level. How exciting would it be if one of the kids from Rye Primary School went on to win? The first round will be judged by three Rye artists and takes place on October 24. Two winners may be selected to move on to the next stage and four children will receive highly commended awards.”
What an innovative way to get our young people thinking about peace, and perhaps a great way of sharing the message with the rest of the community. To find out more about the Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Competition, log on to www.lionsclubs.org.au