For Trisha Co Reyes, a 13-year-old girl from the Philippines, peace begins at home. Her family’s support has inspired her in everything she does, including spreading her message of peace in her neighborhood and worldwide. Sponsored by the Manila Centennial Lions Club, Trisha’s peace poster advanced to the district, multiple district and international levels and was chosen as the grand prize winner of the 24th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest with the theme “Children Know Peace.” “In my painting, the hidden child is me,” Reyes says. “I hope I can make people see the important role children have in spreading peace throughout the world–make them see that we children are the future leaders.” Chosen for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s theme, Reyes’ poster depicts “children from all over the world who have love, freedom, unity and peace.” Reyes says that in addition to participating in the Peace Poster Contest, children can do their part to create a harmonious world by “studying hard and planting trees to save and protect Mother Earth.” As the grand prize winner, Reyes received US$5,000 and a trip to a special awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in New York City. She was accompanied by her mother, sister and sponsoring club President Dennis Go. “I am very proud and excited for Trisha Reyes being this year’s grand prize winner and I believe that she is destined to leave her mark in the world of art,” Go says. “Through her poster, we see how children envision peace through their minds and this gives us hope for a brighter tomorrow.” Annually, more than 350,000 entries are drawn by children ages 11 to 13. In addition to the grand prize winner, each of the 23 merit award winners received certificates and US$500. This year’s merit award winners live in Brazil, China, Colombia, England, Guam, Iceland, India, Japan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Romania, the Republic of South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States (Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Carolina). The 24 finalists’ posters will be featured prominently at the international convention in Busan, South Korea. “Lions around the world believe in promoting peace and the importance of encouraging young people to think creatively,” says International President Wing-Kun Tam. LCI created the Peace Poster Contest 25 years ago to foster a spirit of peace and international understanding in young people worldwide. Since then, nearly 10 million boys and girls in more than 75 countries have shared their visions of peace with their classmates, families, friends and others. Whether this is their first time participating in the contest or their 25th, Lions can get involved by sponsoring the contest. Visit lionsclubs.org (search: Peace Poster).
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