World Scouting’s “Messengers of Peace Hero Award” awarded to the Scouts of Greece
It was a great day for these seven teenagers from Lesvos: ten days ago the group of Ventures from Lesvos (Scouts aged 15 to 18) received World Scouting’s “Messengers of Peace Hero Award” on behalf of Σώμα Ελλήνων Προσκόπων (the Scouts of Greece) for the association's continuous involvement in numerous activities in support of refugees. The ceremony took place during the two-day conference organised by the Scouts of Greece entitled “Scouting - The Path for Volunteering” and in the presence of His Excellency Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic, as well as representatives from the political parties in the current parliament.
The “Messengers of Peace Hero Award” was awarded to recognise the contribution of the Scouts of Greece in response to the impact of the refugee crisis on the islands of Greece and across the mainland.
David McKee, Regional Director of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in Europe, who presented the award, said, "Congratulations to you and your friends, you make the world better!"
Like Scouts from other parts of the country, the Ventures from Lesvos have been involved from the beginning in a series of events organised for and with child and youth refugees on their island. They were also regularly engaged in helping clean the beaches from uncountable numbers of abandoned safety vests and dinghies. Pictures and stories of their activities have gone around the world. No other than Ban Ki-Moon, then UN Secretary General, has praised their engagement and initiatives when he had met with Scouts of Greece on Lesvos in June 2016.
Addressing the conference, H.E. Prokopis Pavlopoulos underlined the value of Scouting in empowering young people to volunteer and become active citizens and, in so doing, ensuring social coherence during these difficult years for Greece.
Watch the award ceremony (first 50 seconds of the video)
(c) Images: Stratis Balaskas, Scouts of Lesvos.