Bokmakierie girl shines in peace poster contest

Mueerah Samaai won third place in this year’s International Peace Poster Contest.

Mueerah Samaai, 13, a Bokmakierie Primary School Grade 7 pupil, has won third place in this year’s Peace Poster Contest.

The competition is run annually by Lions Club International, and Mueerah received her award at the service organisation’s conference, attended by about 300 Lions, at the Samaj Centre, in Rylands, on Saturday.

Mueerah will now move on to the national competition to be held later this month. International judging for the contest will take place in Chicago in America in February next year.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Dare to Dream” and first prize went to Leze Carlitz from Laerskool Welgemoed, while Micaela Fortune from Kenridge Primary School took second place.

“My painting is about reaching for your goals, and the person in the painting is reaching for the moon, reaching for her goal and dreams. This is the first year I entered,” said Mueerah.

Athlone ward councillor Rashid Adams said he was impressed by the skill shown in this year’s entries, and Bokmakierie Primary School principal Michelle Pinto said she was proud of Mueerah’s achievement.

“She just has a natural talent for art and creativity. She has great potential in the artistic and graphic world.”

About 300 Lions Club members gathered on Saturday October 28 at the Samaj Centre in Rylands
Mueerah Samaai’s poster, on the left, depicts a girl reaching for her dreams.
Athlone ward councillor Rashid Adams said he was impressed by the skill shown in this year’s entries.