Peace Light of Bethlehem arrives in Gibraltar

Dr Garcia and local scout leaders Credit: HM Government of Gibraltar

IN 1986 an Austrian charity inaugurated the concept of raising funds for handicapped children by lighting a flame in Bethlehem and bringing it back to Austria as a gesture of peace and goodwill.

When Austria became a member of the European Union, it was decided to bring the Peace Light of Bethlehem to Strasbourg to hand the flame over to the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the city itself.

Then in 2007 a delegation of guides and scouts from Austria, Germany, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian National Authority together lit the Peace Light in Bethlehem and since then it has been transferred around the world by members of those two youth groups.

Once again it has been delivered to Gibraltar by local scouts and was accepted on behalf of the government and people by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Joseph Garcia.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

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