Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest

The Multiple District Peace Poster Judging took place at the 2nd Council Meeting held in Durban on 19th November 2016 – Hosted by District C (District Governor Kim Van Wyk). Lions Peggy Du Plooy (410B) and Helen Toward (410C) stood in for Multiple District Chairman Yolande De Jager (Peace Poster Coordinator). Thank you for hosting this special event and for setting up the whole process and for the sourcing of the 3 experienced judges. The artwork from all the districts was very impressive. The judges had a difficult time in making a decision due to the high level and quality of the artwork but, as we know, that there can only be one winner IN any competition. District 410-A’s winning poster will represent our Multiple District 410 at Lions Clubs International Grande Finale Peace Poster Contest.

The Judges were :

Syd Sellars, Barbara Beck and June Dovey.

1st Place winner: District 410-A



Ashley De Vries – Sponsoring Club - Gordons Bay Lions Club – R4000.00
2nd Place: District 410-C



Danielle Ware – Sponsoring Club – Kingsburgh Lions Club – R3000.00
3rd Place: District 410-D



Anya Weyers – Sponsoring Club – Port Elizabeth Cape Recife Lions Club – R2000.00
4th Place: District 410-B



Heinrich Nel – Sponsoring Club – Klerksdorp Lions Club – R1000.00

Congratulations to Gordons Bay Lions Club for providing the winning entry which will now be sent to the final stage of the contest at Lions Clubs International. The poster will be submitted and we will know the outcome of the Peace Poster final judging at the 2017 LCI Convention.

LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST GRAND PRIZE WINNER FOR 2015/2016!

“Share Peace” Essay Contest Entry – Joel Greek age 12 - Grade 6 from the Athlone School for the Blind – sponsored by the Gordon’s Bay Lions Club (PDG James Lang).

LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL 2015/2016 ESSAY CONTEST

THEME: SHARE PEACE NAME: JOEL GREEK – GRADE SIX

ATHLONE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

As a young person in today’s society I feel world peace is possible in our lifetime. The challenges we face have always been the same; racism, inequality, discrimination, and poverty these are part of our story.

The difference today there are many people standing up for their rights. Knowing we are all connected my success is influenced by others and when they suffer it will affect me too. The world has gotten smaller in many ways. You can get on a plane and go anywhere in the world in less than a day. You can go onto the internet and connect with different people from around the world in a instant. Yet with all the advances we have also become disconnected and have lost ourselves in a world where what you wear and how much you have is more important than your character and values.

There are wonderful role models all through history. People that had the courage to stand up to tyranny and faced incredible odds. Children like Anne Frank who believed in the goodness and humanity in people until her life was taken by the system that did not even see her as a person. Nkosi Johnson a young boy from our own country who knew that his HIV-status did not make him less than any other child and believed every child deserves equal opportunity. Laura Bridgeman who became the first deaf, blind person to be properly educated. Malala Yousafza who defied the Taliban and demanded that girls receive the same education as boys.

There have always been bullies, tyrants those that believe they are better, they deserve more. Every day around the world there are the Anne Franks, Nkosi Johnson, Laura Bridgeman’s and Malala’s standing up for their rights and less fortunate, underprivileged, those without voices the unseen but today the heroes outnumber the villains.

I myself am a young boy with a disability, the only one in my family. Yet they accept me knowing I am capable of anything. We have an opportunity to change the world. By accepting our ownselves, our differences, our imperfections, our shortcomings, we will be able to accept others, their differences, their imperfection and their shortcoming.

In Greek Mythology there is Pandora who opened a jar and every disease and evil came out into the world. After all the things left the jar, the only one left was hope. I believe that is our world today. Filled with all kinds of evil and war. Yet there is hope, there will always be hope. Someone said; “Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.” In today’s world there are too many of us that will do something and stand up.

We are more especially the youth because they are the future. Ensuring the evils of the past are not repeated, and to make our tomorrow better than our today. Nelson Mandela said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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2017 Peace Poster Theme - The Future of Peace

It's the 30th anniversary of our Peace Poster Contest! To celebrate, we redesigned our Peace Poster kits. Invite young artists in your communities to submit a poster design that expresses our theme, "The Future of Peace." The contest is a great way to connect with your community and encourage youth to express their vision of peace.

Children aged 11–13 are eligible to participate. All you need to do to unlock a child's creativity is purchase a Peace Poster kit from club supplies. Purchase your Peace Poster kit today by contacting your District Chairman for Peace Posters!

YIL

Yolanda de Jager
MD Peace Poster Coordinator

MDC Yolanda De Jager - Mobile : +27-21-5586242 / Email : dejagery@eccsystems.co.za