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Duke of Edinburgh Awards


Last Friday night, 50 young people from Darwin and Palmerston were publicly recognised for completing a Duke of Edinburgh's International Gold or Silver Award.

Awards recipients include Samantha Hart, a passionate devoted volunteer and positive role model in her community. Samantha’s Award journey has been a genuine and purposeful transition through all three Duke of Edinburgh levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold).

Samantha played netball for the Palmerston Magpies and was selected to represent them at the NT Links Competition. She completed a Certificate III in Business, gaining invaluable work and life skills. To top it off, amid her busy schedule, she found the time to volunteer with multiple organisations, supervising camps and leading groups through national charity events and awareness campaigns.

Other recipients honoured last night include Ashley Birkin from honed his karate and ice hockey skills, and who volunteered with Canteen Australia. And Chloe English a passionate endangered wildlife advocate, she built possum boxes and undertook a wildlife survey in Litchfield National Park as her Adventurous Journey.

“These ceremonies are a well-deserved recognition of the Awardees for their dedication and perseverance in achieving their goals, of their giving back to their community and of becoming engaged Territorian citizens. These inspirational young people have been brave, kind, engaged, self-challenged and dogged in achieving their Award.” Daryl Manzie, Chair of the Management Committee.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award has been engaging with young people in the Territory for over 40 years.

The Award is available to all young people aged 14-24 years regardless of their background. The Award’s role in contributing to community recovery and confidence cannot be underestimated. Voluntary Service through response to community need, skills by keeping young people engaged and curious, physical activity as part of their wellbeing, and an adventurous journey as a part of a team into the great outdoors and their world provides a rounded framework to help young people to find their passion, purpose and place. The role the Award plays in the lives of young people and communities is more important than ever.