John May celebrates Gold Award achievers in Cyprus

Published: 9 Jul 2018


British High Commissioner Stephen Lillie hosted The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Gold Award Presentation at his residence in Nicosia on 6 July 2018. It was the first time such a ceremony has been held in Cyprus, to celebrate the achievements of young Cypriots who have completed the Award, and was attended by the Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, John May.

Welcoming this year’s Award holders from across the island, the High Commissioner congratulated them on successfully completing their Gold Award. “I’ve read comments from past Gold Award holders that The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award offers life-changing experiences and opportunities. I’m certain that is true; partly because some of life’s biggest lessons don’t take place in classrooms, but in the least likely locations. I hope that you all will experience the positive impact of the hard work and dedication it has taken to reach this milestone, as the Award widens your potential, takes you outside your comfort zone, improves your physical and mental health and increases your engagement with charitable and community causes”, the British High Commissioner noted.

On his part, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation Secretary General John May said: “It has been a pleasure and privilege to meet such inspiring young people and celebrate their fantastic achievements. Getting your Gold Award takes extensive planning, persistence and drive and all of today’s awardees should be incredibly proud.”

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been helping to challenge, empower and inspire young people across the world for more than 60 years now and today it is as, if not more important, than it ever has been. All young people need to step outside their comfort zone, challenge themselves and find out what they are truly capable of – and these inspiring young Cypriots have done just that.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global non-formal education framework which operates in more than 130 countries and territories, helping to inspire young people to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world. By encouraging young people to learn new skills, get physically active, volunteer within their communities and discover a sense of adventure outside the classroom, the Award helps young people to unlock their potential. Using the Award framework and with the support of adult volunteers, participants develop their own bespoke programme, as they work towards achieving the internationally recognised Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

The Award has been running in Cyprus for 50 years, with 13 Independent Centres operating on the island. Approximately 1,900 participants are involved in the Award Programme in Cyprus, while around 70 participants complete the Gold Award per year.