Peace Child - Friedenslichtkind

2016's "Peace Child" - Melainie Walterer

"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 2016 Peace Child is Melanie Walterer who comes from Kalm in Upper Austria. Marking the 30th year of the Peace Light, twelve-year old Melanie will travel to the Holy Land to collect the Light from the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem, bringing the "Peace Light" back to Vienna. Melanie who is a student at the "The New Music School in Obersaxen in the district of Perg, was recognised as she is viewed as a "model charity worker" being involved in many projects and has been recognised and invited by ORF Upper Austria to be this years "Friedenslichtkind".

Melanie feels that tolerance, acceptance and respect for other cultures and religions are important within her school and whether it be world peace, the refugee situation or peace in her school and community are all part of the numerous projects she becomes involved, and this festival of peace is very very important. On travelling to Bethlehem with her father to collect the Light she said "It will be the first time I have travelled by plane and I am very excited to go to the place where Jesus was born, just to see how it all looks". Melaine lit her lantern in the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem on Sunday, November 20, 2016, in the presence of more than 130 people who travelled with her."

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


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 9-11-2016