Caritas College students win Lions Peace Poster Contest

CONTEST: David O'Connor and Barry Flynn from the Lions Club of Port Augusta with Caritas College students Zakari Milera-Starkey, Vagisha Verma, Ruby Hancock, Sienna Boxall, Emma Young and Alice Murphy. PHOTO: Lions.
CONTEST: David O'Connor and Barry Flynn from the Lions Club of Port Augusta with Caritas College students Zakari Milera-Starkey, Vagisha Verma, Ruby Hancock, Sienna Boxall, Emma Young and Alice Murphy. PHOTO: Lions.

Caritas College students used their art skills to highlight the importance of kindness for the annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest.

In a field of about 70 Year 5/6 students from Caritas, Zakari Milera-Starkey, Vagisha Verma and Ruby Hancock were announced as the winners of the competition.

In addition to their drawings, students wrote a message about the meaning behind their poster and how it ties in to this year’s theme, ‘Kindness matters’.

Year 5 student Zakari said her poster is about bringing colour to the world.

“Even though there is good and evil in the world, everyone can still show peace,” she said.

Vagisha’s drawing features a heart-shaped Earth surrounded by the other planets and two doves.

The Year 6 student said her poster represents that “kindness matters because all the planets are connected to the world and what the needs of the world are”.

Ruby Hancock, who was also a winner last year, focused on multiculturalism in her poster, drawing a stream of national flags wrapping around the Earth.

Her message was “everyone has equal rights no matter what race”.

The three winning pieces will be displayed at the Lions Club District Convention in November alongside entries from all around the state.

The best posters from South Australia will then be presented at the National Convention in Geelong in May 2019.

Lions Club of Port Augusta Treasurer Barry Flynn was impressed by the quality of work.

“We’ve been doing this for four years and the quality has improved a lot,” he said.

Mr Flynn hopes the winners will pass on the message of peace to other students.

“It’s all about promoting peace, harmony, getting along with other people and putting differences aside to be one," he said.