Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott, offered his congratulations to the winners of this year’s Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Mr Elliott was particularly pleased for local residents Jessica Knudson, of Winston Hills, and Paul Harvey, of Baulkham Hills.
“Our local youth are always encouraged to become more involved in the community, and I am pleased that Jessica and Paul have heeded that call,” Mr Elliott said.
“Jessica and Paul have set a shining example for our community which others would do well to follow.
“I am very much looking forward to catching up with Jessica and Paul soon to discuss their future plans.”
The Gold Award is the highest level of the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s personal development program for young people and involves 12 months of volunteering for community organisations.
Gold Award recipients have completed five key endeavours:
- undertaking an adventurous journey, such as bush walking, kayaking or sailing through difficult terrain;
- learning personal skills, in fields as diverse as sewing, car maintenance, and non-English languages;
- building fitness through physical recreation, such as indoor, outdoor and endurance sports;
- volunteering for community service, including for organisations such as Surf Life Saving, Riding for the Disabled, and Army Cadets; and
- undertaking a residential project away from home, such as attending a music or sporting camp or even working on a humanitarian project overseas.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 25. For more information visit www.theaward.com.au