The news she had won came when she was in school. “We were in our history class when the teacher told us I won the grand prize,” said Yu-Min Chen, referring to her twin sister, Yu-I, who also participated in the Lions International Peace Poster contest. In shock, Yu-Min sat in silence while her sister and classmates screamed and cheered for her. Yu-Min Chen is an eighth-grader from Multiple District 300 Taiwan. The Taichung Kuang Hua Lions Club sponsored the contest at Wu Chun School. As the grand prize winner, Yu-Min was flown with her parents and the sponsoring club president to Lions Day with the United Nations in March in Vienna, Austria. Yu-Min’s parents brought along her twin sister and older sister, Yu-Hsin. It was their first time traveling abroad and their first flight. At the event, International President Eberhard J. Wirfs presented Club President Chin-Ming Tsing with awards for his club and the school. He also presented Yu-Min with an award and encouraged all clubs to “be in sight” by sponsoring the contest in their communities. Yu-Min, the first grand prize winner from Multiple District 300 Taiwan, spoke to attendees about the importance of the contest. “I sincerely hope every person will respect all others. The rainbow in my drawing is a magic bridge that connects the countries of the world and all countries become a big family with no hate or conflicts,” said Yu-Min. “I would like to share my honor with my family and all the people of the world.” An estimated 350,000 children ages 11 to 13 from 70 countries participated in this contest. Yu-Min’s poster was chosen for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of this year’s contest theme, "The Power of Peace." As the grand prize winner, she received the local equivalent of US$2,500. In addition to the grand prize winner, 23 merit award winners were named. The merit winners are from the Bahamas, China, China Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Mexico, the Philippines, Russia, Switzerland and the United States (Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota and New Jersey). The merit winners each received US$500 and a certificate of achievement. Whether this is your first time or your 23rd time participating in this program, the Peace Poster Contest will help your club forge relationships in the community and attain local publicity while fostering a spirit of peace and international understanding and promoting creativity in young people. Visit the Peace Poster section at www.lionsclubs.org to view this year’s finalists and the grand prize winners, send Peace Poster e-cards, order a kit and learn how your club can participate in this fun and rewarding program.
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