Gold Award Presentation 2016

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60th Ann_logoThe Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, is the world’s leading youth achievement Award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to create committed global citizens and equip young people for life. It offers 3 awards to young people aged 14-24. To Gain an award one needs to dedicate their free time in learning a skill or improve on what they are already doing, give service to the community and participate in physical recreation. Apart from these, there is also a requirement of undertaking an Adventurous Journey. At Gold Level there is an extra requirement: – that of a residential Project carried out over 5 days.

On the 12th October 2016, H.E. The President of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, presented 25 youngsters with the Gold Award of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. 8 youngsters, namely Joshua Barbara, Peter Paul Bartolo, Steve Bartolo, Cheryl Bilocca, Mairella Bonanno, Nigel Fleri Soler, Glenn Grech, Gabrielle Meli worked for their award under the Guidance of Mr Robert Tanti as students of the Junior College: 16 youngsters namely Matthew Aquilina, Claire Marie Campbell, Jasmine Monique Chircop, Kurth Dalli, Andrea John De Marco, joseph Farrugia, Nicole Marie Fenech, Benji Fenech Salerno, Nathan Pullicino, Arthur Schembri, Karl Tanti, Peter Valletta, Luca Vella and Aaron Xuereb worked for theirs under the guidance of Mr David Azzopardi and Ms Vanessa Portanier Mifsud as students of St Aloysius College 6th Form, 1 youngster namely Mr Jamie Maistre Melillo worked for his award through The Gold Award Holders Association under the guidance of Ms. Imperia Galea and Mr. Keith Tanti.

Ms Lara Tonna, a council member of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Malta, a Gold Award Holder herself acted as the MC for the event and spoke of her own experiences when she was working for the Award. During the sharing of experiences she went on to confirm the positive impact the Award has left on her and very evidently also on the new Award Holders.

The Chairman of the Award Kenneth De Martino during his opening speech also referred to the importance of building self-confidence and addressed the recipients by telling them that “there is more in you than you think “echoing the message of the theme of the 60th Anniversary celebrations being presently held in the UK. He went on to confirm that the Award in Malta will be reaching out to even more youths in schools and NGO’s and also to the less fortunate.

H.E Marie Louise Coliero Preca following the presentation of Awards congratulated all youngsters and thanked all adult Volunteers who were instrumental in seeing that these youngsters achieved their goals. She encouraged the youngsters who have now gained leadership skills to take out a role in society and help the community.

 

Gold Award Presentation

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