Peace Child - Friedenslichtkind

2017's "Peace Child" - Tobias Flachner

"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.

"The 2017 Peace Child is Tobias Flachner who comes from Hochburg-Ach in the district of Braunau, Upper Austria. The twelve year old Tobias accompanied by his mother Silvia, will travel to the Holy Land to light this years Peace Light lantern from the Eternal Flame in the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem on Fri 24th Dec before returning to Vienna. In so doing continueing the 30 year Christmas tradition of spreading a message of Peace and Hope.

"Nominated by by the Hochburg Fire Brigade, who have supported the Peace Light for nearly twenty years, Tobias is a member of their Youth Fire Brigade as he feels "working together and helping others where I am needed" is very important to him. Tobias also helps out on the families cattle farm and has ambitions to one day also become a farmer and Agriculturatal Mechanic.

At first his mother, Silvia could not believe Tobias had been selected as the Peace Child to collect the Light which will burn in a large lantern outside their front door, as it has in previous years.

Tobias comes from the home of another Christmas tradition as Hochburg was the home to the composer Franz Gruber who wrote the popular carol "Silent Night". Each year on the 3rd weekend of Advent the village hold a celebration to honor Franz Gruber, and in the past Tobias has taken part in the celebrations, as a member of the childrens choir.

Collecting the Peace Light 2015 Peace Light transfered to the Austrian team, overseen by the Mayor of Bethlehem and a member of the Austrian diplomatic team in Palestine.
 

Peace Children - Friedenslichtkind

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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

Original Web Page Compiled by "G@Z" 9/2001

Last Updated 26-11-2017