Newcastle Lions Club members prepare prizes and certificates for the annual
Peace Poster Competition
In preparation for their annual convention last year, the Lions in Ireland commissioned a survey asking 1029 people, Are you aware of who the Lions are? The results saw 54% of respondents saying they were aware but compared to groups such as the the St Vincent De Paul who scored 96%, the Lions have work to do to make themselves known. When the survey reviewed the question with different age groups , younger people only scored 11% but those over 65 scored 89%.
In trying to make young people aware of the work of the Lions and increase that percentage of awareness of the Lions, over the years Newcastle Lions Club have had a great relationship with local schools and inspite of the difficulties caused by Covid, this year has been no different. In the past numerous primary and post primary schools took part in competitions Newcastle Lions had organised , such as asking schools to produce art work for a Harry Ferguson Centenary event and for calendar on the Theme Don't talk to a stranger. For the Lions this has been helpful in encouraging young people to learn more about the work of lions whether that work is world wide, of lions helping to finance clean water projects or small projects in our town.
This year seven local post primary schools, Kilkeel High School, St Louis Grammar, St. Malachy's High School ,Shimna College, Assumption Grammar, St Colman's School and Sixth Form College Ballynahinch and the High School Ballynahinch are all taking part in a Lions International event, for the Lions Peace Poster, on the theme "We are All Connected". The closing date for entries from the schools is Friday 22nd October at 4.00 pm . the art work will then be judged by two independent professional artists and the winners announced. The Lions International Peace Poster event has been running for more than thirty years. During that time over four million young people from 100 countries worldwide have taken part. The whole idea of creating the peace poster is to give children everywhere the chance to express their vision of peace and inspire the world through art.