Queen E to honour local youth

2017-12-14 06:00
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Her Majesty, the Queen Elizabeth is set to honour young people from South Africa who are dedicated to changing the lives of others.

In a statement released by the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, they were delighted to announce that Thamsanqa Hoza,18, from Khayelitsha and Siposetu Mbuli,23, from Stellenbosch, have been chosen as two of the final award winners in recognition of the lead they are taking in their communities to change lives.

The prestigious awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged between 18 to 29 years from across the Commonwealth of nations and the work they are undertaking to improve lives across a diverse range of issues, from supporting people living with mental health problems, helping children to receive a quality education, to promoting gender equality.

The pair will now join the Queen’s Young Leaders network of 240 Award winners, a unique community of influential change-makers, who represent all 52 Commonwealth countries.

The winners will receive their awards from the queen at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London next year.

Thamsanqa has been chosen in recognition of the work he is doing to help young entrepreneurs and innovators to achieve their goals and Siposetu in recognition of the work she is doing to develop new ways to end the stigma surrounding albinism in South Africa.

Thamsanqa said: “I’m very humbled to be chosen to receive the award- this is indeed a blessing. I am excited to be part of an ecosystem of other young people who are committed to bringing a change to their communities and the world at large.

I hope that this will also inspire many gifted, hard-working youths to start dreaming and working tirelessly to attain their dreams.”

Siposetu added: “I am honoured and feel grateful to have been chosen as part of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. This Award confirms the importance of the work we do at ‘Love, This Skin’ and the power of sharing one’s story.

I’ve been inspired by previous Queen’s Young Leaders, and now being part of this amazing network of dedicated young leaders feels surreal.

I look forward to opportunities of learning skills to increase the impact of the work we do, and of course meeting Her Majesty The Queen.”

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, said: “In this, the final year of The Queen’s Young Leaders programme, once again we have outstanding award winners, leading the way in transforming people’s lives for the better in every part of the Commonwealth.

We congratulate them all for their remarkable achievements. Over the coming year the programme will nurture and develop their talents, and equip them to go further in making a lasting change in their communities.

I hope they find the experience to be truly life-changing and I’m delighted to welcome these winners to the now complete network of Queen’s Young Leaders.”

The Queen’s Young Leaders programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a residential programme in the UK, to help them build on the work they are leading in their communities.

They now join a complete network of award winners and, in tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime of Service, will continue to connect and collaborate and change lives for years to come.

To see a full list of Award winners and highly commended runners up, and to read more about their inspirational stories, please visit www.queensyoungleaders.com

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