The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, presented Baulkham Hills residents Sanjitha Fernando, Kathryn Hughes and Wing Yee Yeung with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at Government House in Sydney.
Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott, said the Gold Award is the highest level of the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh’s personal development program for young people.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award challenges young individuals to improve themselves and their communities,” Mr Elliott said.
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.
“This year there are more than 8500 registered participants in NSW who are undertaking an Award and the efforts of Sanjitha, Kathryn and Wing Yee to receive Gold Awards are outstanding,” Mr Elliott said.
“It is inspiring to see young people set themselves a challenging goal and work hard to achieve it – a view that I am sure will be shared by future employers.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award offers valuable opportunities for young people to engage with their community and contribute as citizens.
“I congratulate Sanjitha, Kathryn and Wing Yee on their achievement, particularly for the 12 months they spent volunteering with local community organisations,” Mr Elliott said.
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