In October, I was presented with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Gold Award by Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AO, Governor of Western Australia at a ceremony held at Government House. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award consists of three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold), having completed both Bronze and Silver, it was always one of my goals to achieve Gold before the cut off age of 25 years. The Gold Award consists of five components including community service, skills, recreation, residential project and an adventurous journey. You can read more about the award here. It takes hard work, perseverance and commitment to achieve the Award. Many hours of technical and concept development were spent making at the bench to complete the skills section of the Award as well as attending workshops with local and international jewellers Stefano Marchetti from Italy, Master Cho Sung Joon from South Korea and Kyoko Iio from Japan. I also met world renown artists Philip Sajet (Netherlands/France) and Norman Cherry (U.K) in Perth.
I had the privilege to meet Prince Charles when he was in Perth at St George’s Cathedral and we had a wonderful conversation about the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. Prince Charles commented on the Duke of Edinburgh pins I was wearing at the time and even noticed the design had changed. He was delighted and said that his father would be very proud. Here’s a snap of the royal moment!