The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Jubilee
Over the last 60 years, millions of young people across the globe, from all backgrounds and circumstances, have undertaken The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Award leaves a footprint on lives as it broadens interests and stretches horizons.
To celebrate the 60th Jubilee of the Award’s inception, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is holding a Diamond Anniversary Gold Award Presentation in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on Monday 16 May 2016. New Zealand has been allocated two places to attend this special event and through a ballot drawn by former Silver Fern and TVNZ Sports Reporter Jenny-May Clarkson (Coffin), the fortunate attendees are Hannah Shingler and Duncan Parsons . Hannah completed her Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award at St Dominic’s College in Auckland and Duncan at Lindisfarne College in Hawke's Bay.
Regarded as the best form of non-formal education available, the Award assists in the development of life-skills and character. Available to all young people between the ages of 14 and 24 years, the Award is delivered in more than 220 colleges across New Zealand, through all major National Youth groups and a number of youth related organisations across the country. Many colleges regard the Award as part of the fabric of the life of their college.