Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest

“Peace through Service”

Swindon student, Eva Freeland, of Abbey Park School has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognised artist by winning a local competition sponsored by Swindon Lions Club.

Over 50 contestants, aged between 11 and 13 years of age on 15th November, submitted posters with the title “Peace through Service”. The judges selected the 3 winners from 22 semi-finalists.

Eva’s poster will be among the thousands of entries submitted worldwide by the 33rd annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasise the importance of world peace, kindness and the importance of service to others to young people worldwide.

The poster was selected for its originality, artistic merit and the trail of the contest theme “Peace through Service.”

Swindon Lions Club President, Lion Anne Robathan said that she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students at the Abbey Park School. “It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”

Eva’s poster will advance to face stiff competition throughout the regional, national and international rounds of the competition.

One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected worldwide. The grand prize includes a cash award for US$5000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of US$500.

Eva is pictured above and the two runners-up Chloe King who won second prize and Freya Hillier who was placed third have their pictures below. All three received cheques from Swindon Lions Club. All semi-finalists received certificates of appreciation.

Chairman of the contest, Lion Alan Mitchell said “I am pleased to continue our relationship with Abbey Park School. This is our 10th year working with the school and we greatly appreciate the efforts of the Lead Art Teacher, Amandip Sanghera and the other Art Teachers and Technicians for making this possible. Swindon Lions Club works a lot with young people.”