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His Excellency presents Duke of Edinburgh's Gold awards 27 March 2008

His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor presented Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold awards at Government House today (Thursday).

Twelve young people received their Gold badges from Lieutenant Governor Sir Paul Haddacks. They were: Aalish Bennett, April Brodie, James Cochrane, Dane Harker, Kirsty Hunt, Victoria MacDonald, Robert Matthew Moore, Chris Prescott, Katy Richmond, Hannah Short, Steven Slack and Peter Wood. Duke of Edinburgh gold award winners

Although not all of these young people can attend, they are also invited to a separate ceremony that takes place at St James’s Palace, London, for the presentation of their certificates.

The awards began in 1956 in the UK and 1965 in the Island. Young people have to be 14 before they begin studying for an award.

Awards must be completed before a young person reaches 25. Participants follow chosen activities, to create a personal challenge, and must meet minimum standards of achievement. The awards are open to all.

The Department of Education is an operating authority for the awards and offers them through all five secondary schools, the Isle of Man College, four open award centres and four voluntary youth organisations.

The awards teach self-reliance and a sense of responsibility to others, both essential qualities of citizenship, and provide a vehicle for spiritual, personal and social development.

There are sections on service, skills, physical recreation and expeditions and, at gold level, a residential section.

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