25 March 2010

Agius de Soldanis pupils in 2009 Peace Poster Contest final


by: Mr Lino Xerri


All winners with prizes and posters.

Lions Club Sliema organised an award ceremony at the Banca Giuratale in Victoria, Gozo “to celebrate the artistic talents of young Maltese and Gozitan artists” on 13 March 2010. Since 1988 Lions International has organized an annual Peace Poster Contest open to youth from all over the world age 11 – 13 years; since 2007 Lions Club Sliema has again organized the national contest.  The theme of the 2009 contest was “The Power of Peace” and the finalists of the 2009 national contest were honoured at the ceremony. The contest was won by Jonathan Young, a 12-year-old boy from Xaghra, Gozo, a student of the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary of Victoria. The other finalists were Zoe Gatt, Emma Gatt and Alannah Xureb of St. Michael’s Foundation, and Lorna Spiteri and Faustine Schembri of Agius de Soldanis College Gozo.

Faustine Schembri receives her prize

The poster by Jonathan Young as the winner of the national contest was by right entered in the 22nd Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Out of over 350,000 entries from 65 countries 24 finalists were selected to compete for the Grand Prize. Jonathan Young poster with as motto “Peace conquers suffering and despair and brings hope, life and unity!” was among the finalists. His poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the theme of the contest.  

Dr. Chris Said, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Local Councils presented the winners of the national 2009 contest with a Certificate of Merit, and a token of appreciation provided by the long standing supporter of the national peace poster contest Agenda Bookshop. They also received a momento from the co-sponsor of the Award Ceremony: Banif Bank.  Jonathan Young as the international Merit Award winner received the international Certificate of Merit and a cheque in the amount of 500.00 US dollar. 

Lorna Spiteri receiving her prize

The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Kevin Sciberras, Cultural Coordinator, Island region of Gozo, Chev. Frank Gatt, Principal Gozo College and Mr. Anthony A. Borg in representation of the Honourable Minister for Gozo who made congratulatory remarks to the artists, expressed their appreciation of Lions Club Sliema’s effort to promote world peace and the participation of young Maltese and Gozitan in the international contest, and promised support for future activities. 

Especially Chev. Frank Gatt’s closing remarks were very inspirational and reminded the participants that the word LIONS brings to mind courage, strength, tenacity and royalty. I explained that the Gozo College is also inspired by what LIONS stand for namely: L for Loyalty, I for Intelligences and Integrity, O for Optimism, N for Non-profit making and Nurture, and S for Solidarity. 

Overview of the ceremony

Lions Club Sliema through its Arts Committee will soon be launching this years National Peace Poster Contest whose winner will participate in the 23rd Lions International Peace Poster Competition which is to be held later this year.  This year’s theme is “Vision of Peace”. Lions Club Sliema hopes that more students from various schools, colleges and youth organisations will participate, and maybe this winner of the 2010 contest will do even better. 

 




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