On Monday, 22 January, Aiden Wood, Lulutho Dyakala, Ewan Elder, Anga Mayatula and Sauvan Sewsunker (OA, 2023) were invited to attend the Gold President’s Award reception held at the British High Commission in Pretoria. We had the privilege of engage with His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward about our journey of completing the Gold standard of the award.
We all had a chance to present the challenges we faced through each of the requirements of The Gold Presidents Award to Prince Edward, as well as who and what motivated us to strive to achieve this award.
Toward the end of the reception, Prince Edward spoke to all the recipients about the importance of The President’s Award in developing the youth, for them to be well-equipped for the challenges that life later poses.
Prince Edward mentioned what this award meant to his late father, Prince Philip, and his goal is to expand the award to more schools within South Africa to enrich the lives of many more young learners and to make a positive impact on our country.
The reception allowed us to meet many other recipients of the Gold President’s Award from all over South Africa who had like-minded goals and ambitions for their futures. It was refreshing to learn about the journeys of others and what this award taught them about others and themselves.
Ultimately, the Gold President’s Award has given me so much more than I thought was possible and has forced me to change for the better and I am grateful for the opportunities that it has afforded me.
Thank you to Mrs Ladds for her time, organising the trip for us and for allowing us to complete the award programme and to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, where we were able to engage with HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward.
Aiden Wood – Grade 12