Media Conference on the Queen’s Young Leaders Award

Another local youth will receive The Queen's Young Leaders Award following the steps of Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Awang Haji Ash'ari, a member of the Legislative Council who received the award in 2015. The award will be conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second at the Buckingham Palace in June next year. Yesterday afternoon, a media conference on the conferment was held by the British High Commission together with the award recipient.

His Excellency Richard Lindsay, British High Commissioner in Brunei Darussalam in his welcoming remarks said that the establishment of the Queen's Young Leader Programme is in honour of Her Majesty the Queen's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. It was launched by Their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry on the 9th of July 2014 on behalf of The Queen. The programme is discovering, celebrating and supporting young people aged between 18 to 29 from every Commonwealth nation, who are leading the way in transforming their own lives and the lives of those around them. His Excellency added, as part of the Award, winners will receive one to one mentoring support, online learning provided by the University of Cambridge and the opportunity to participate in a unique Residential Programme in the United Kingdom.

The recipient, Awangku Haji Ahmad Fadillah Akhbar bin Pengiran Haji Sallehhuddin has been active in supporting the underprivileged families. He is also the co-founder of Projek Bina Uhkwah, a youth movement aims to create a safe and clean living conditions for those in need. In the first eight months, the group raised more than 35 thousand dollars, distributed 6 thousand dollars worth of food packs and build houses for two underprivileged families. In addition, the organisation runs a Family Empowerment and Economic Development Programme which mentors several families and provides them with the fund to start their own small business.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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