Exceptional young Fijian sought in ‘royal search’

SEARCHING for exceptional young leaders in Fiji and 52 other countries in the Commonwealth, the Queen’s Young Leaders Program was launched to recognise youths who have made an impact in their communities.

According to the program’s media officer Christina Cullen, the initiative was established to honour the Queen’s 60 years of service to the Commonwealth.

Ms Cullen said young people between the ages of 18 and 29 from all backgrounds and all Commonwealth countries would be rewarded for their achievements in transforming their own lives and those around them, and would be supported to go further.

“The aim of the program is to award 60 inspirational young people — at least one from each of the 53 Commonwealth countries — for the difference they make to their community,” she said.

“We are really keen to receive applications from young people from Fiji and ensure that all the Commonwealth countries are represented during the awards process.”

“The program aims to create new and exciting opportunities for young people, enabling them to reach their full potential, step up as leaders and go on to improve the lives of many others in the Commonwealth.”

Ms Cullen added young people from Fiji could apply or be nominated to win an award before entries close on October 10.

On behalf of The Queen, The Duke of Cambridge Prince William and Prince Harry launched the search at a reception which included the installation of the first ever social media hub at Buckingham Palace.

The initiative was established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and is run in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society.