Peace Child - Friedenslichtkind

2019's "Peace Child" - Victoria Kampenhuber

"The Peace Child" or "Friedenslichkind" - Each year, a child from Upper Austria is picked to travel to the Holy Land to collect the Peace Light from the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem. The Peace Light is then flown back to Vienna for distribution at a Service of Dedication attended by Scout and Guide delegations from across Europe. From there the Scouts and Guides from across Europe collect the Light, with it's message of Peace and take it back to their own countries and communities passing on the Light on to others along the way. In addition the Light is flown America and Canada for distrubtion across those countries.

This years Peace Child is 11 year old Victoria Kampenhuber who comes from Enns, Linz-Land, Upper Austria and will kindle the "Peace Light" in the Nativity Grotto, Bethlehem. Victoria is a member of the youth wing of the Red Cross. The Red Cross has been involved with the distribution of the Peace Light across Upper Austria since it all began and this year has been asked to nominate the Peace Child, the honour falling to Victoria as rthey felt "she because she is very helpful and very commited to the work of the Red Cross Youth". Now in its 33rd year, the "ORF Peace Light from Bethlehem" has become a worldwide Christmas tradition spreading its message of Peace and Hope to all, to which Victoria will be the focus of this years campaign.

"It gives me great pleasure to help other people and to be there for them - because helping others is fun," says Victoria. She added "the meetings in the local Red Cross station are the highlight of her week, but she feels distributing the Peace Light at Christmas is a big thing for her every year - it's so nice to see how this little flame touches people's hearts and I hope that with the Light, Peace will also be passed on from hand to hand".

Barbara Lauer, a leader with the Red Cross Youth in Enns is especially proud that this year's Peace Child is from her team - "Victoria is a very helpful and epitimises a member of the Red Cross Youth offering "Quick help and assistance where necessary and is always "people focused". Back in 1986, the first year of the Peace Light campaign, the Red Cross Upper Austria joined the "ORF Peace Light from Bethlehem" and continued its support with great commitment.

Victoria attends the Bundesrealgymnasium in Enns, and is currently in the 2nd grade. Her favorite subjects are mathematics and physics. A class representative she cares and supports classmates, those who need help and assistance. Her parents, Rebecca and Markus Kampenhuber could hardly believe that their daughter was nominated to be the Peace Child and they were really touched when she was selected. "Victoria has known this Christmas tradition from an early age, because we have always collected and shared the Peace Light every year. Victoria is such an affectionate and diligent girl, we are overjoyed and are very happy for her. It is a great honour" says her mother Rebecca.

Other than the Red Cross, Victoria has other hobbies and spends her spare time dancing or playing the guitar as cwell as looking after her pet cat and the hens in the familys stable. She has not decided yet exactly what she would like to do when she is older, but she has decided she definately wants to continue her work with the Red Cross.

On 26th November 11-year-old Victoria Kampenhuber will light the "ORF Peace Light" in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem with 160 pilgrims from Upper Austria. The Peace Light will then be passed "hand to hand" across Europe, as well as being flown to New York to begin its distribution across the United States of America and Canada and on to some Central and South American countries.

Collecting the Peace Light 2019 Victoria having lit the Peace Light lantern with members of the Austrian contingent

Peace Children - Friedenslichtkind


2019 - Victoria Kampenhuber

2018 - Niklas Lehner

2017 - Tobias Flachner

2016 - Melanie Walterer

2015 - Niklas Dumhart

2014 - Tizian Ronacher

2013 - Michael Wiexbaumer

2012 - Christina Mader

2011 - Sarah Schinwald

2010 - Stefan Ivatovic

2009 - Simon Binder

2008 - Marlene Irndorfer

2007 - Elisabeth Nemee

2006 - Judith Pitzer

2005 - Jurgen Lenguer

2004 - Elke Wiesmair

2003 - Birget Gotte

2002 - Nadeen Kamar

2001 - Ronni and Tali Epstein

2000 - Benjamin Forstinger

1999 - Patrick Mangelberger

1998 - Hanna Steinmair

1997 - Simon Infanger

1996 - Judith Baumgartner

1995 - Elizabeth Pichlmann

1994 - Ernst Piesl

1993 - Stefan Brenner

1992 - Sabine Jungwirth

1991 - Jochen Kriel

1990 - Silva Sylvester

1989 - Sabine Hainzl

1988 - Chy Meng Ing

1987 - Wolfgang Dobias

1986 - Marcus Fodinger

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Last Updated 25-11-2019