Celebrations As Young People Receive DofE Awards

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Dedicatedyoung people from across Rhondda Cynon Taf have been presented with their Dukeof Edinburgh’s Awards at a special celebration evening.

Young people aged 14-25 gathered at the Park & Dare Theatre,Treorchy, for this year’s presentation ceremony, celebrating 211 DofE Awardsachieved at Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels across the county borough.

Parents, group leaders, DofEvolunteers and a number of other guests attended the evening, including Cllr John Watts,Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member forEducation and Lifelong Learning, who welcomed everyone.

Youngpeople who undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award have to commit to learning anew skill, develop themselves through a physical activity, volunteer to helpothers and spend days on expedition, working as a team to navigate across thecountryside and sleeping in a tent.

GoldAward participants also have to undertake a residential section. This yeartheir exciting activities included volunteering in the Royal Welsh Show; takingpart in international First Aid competitions with St John Ambulance inAustralia; travelling to France on the RCT International Youth Exchange;teaching English to children in a Masai village in Kenya; undertaking outdooractivities in North Wales and volunteering with Gap Medics at a hospital inThailand.

The DofE Award presentation ceremony was comperedby young DofE Bronze and Silver Award participants Bronwyn Griffiths, ElisLewis and Amy Wilk from Ysgol Gyfun Rhydywaun and Lewis Thomas from FerndaleCommunity School.

Cllr Hanagan presented the Gold Award badgesand Cllr Watts went on to present many Silver and Bronze DofE Awardcertificates to those who had undertaken their Awards within their schools,youth groups and community organisations across the county.

Special guest speaker on the night was theinspirational Josie Pearson MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist. Musical entertainment was provided by St John Baptist HighSchool Jazz Band.

Cllr Hanagan said: “Congratulations to all the young people on their incredible achievements. Itwas a very enjoyable evening which showcased the commitment and passion givento DofE by young people across the county borough.”

Cllr Watts said: “Well done to everyone ontheir hard work and dedication. Our Gold Award Holders will be travelling to StJames’s Palace in London to receive their certificates.”

For further information about how to become involved with the DofE inRhondda Cynon Taf, please contact Kerry Rees, DofE Development Officer on07786523915 or 01443 744115, or check out www.DofE.org.

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