It is our great pleasure to announce that Australian student Chloe Hua has been chosen as a merit award winner in the 35th Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.
The 13-year-old student from Vermont Secondary College in Melbourne’s East who was the Lions Club of South Vermont’s club winner, received the award after being judged the V5 district winner out of four outstanding Peace Poster entries.
Approximately 600,000 children from 60 countries participated in this year’s Peace Poster Contest. The posters were judged at the club, district and multiple district levels before reaching the international level, at which point they had been narrowed down to 120 posters.
Based on creativity, originality and portrayal of the theme “Lead with Compassion”, Chloe’s entry was chosen as one of just 23 merit award winners. As such, she will receive US$500 and a certificate of merit.
The 23 merit award winners are from Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Macedonia, Malaysia, Tunisia and the United States (California, Louisiana, and New York). The grand prize winner will be announced at the Lions Day with the United Nations on March 3, 2023.
The message behind Chloe’s entry was, “a world of peace is a world where regardless of age, gender, race or size, everyone is united as a whole, in a limitless world; lead by empathy, compassion, and acceptance”.
V5 Peace Poster Coordinator Katherine Parzis went to visit Vermont Secondary College and presented the District Peace Poster plaque engraved with Chloe’s name and school to Chloe and School Principal Tony Jacobs last year.
PID Lion Tony Benbow OAM, Chairman of our Australian Lions Foundation, represented his club, South Vermont Lions, at the presentation and congratulated Chloe on behalf of the club and shared words of encouragement for the International Peace Poster Judging event.
On behalf of Lions Australia, we would like to congratulate Chloe on her merit award as well as all of the other peace poster entrants – well done!