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Last June 30 young Victorian’s were presented with their Gold Awards by Anthony Carbines MP at Parliament House in Victoria.

One such Awardee was Michael Zhou from Trinity Grammar in Melbourne Victoria. For his Gold Award Journey Michael learnt violin, gave his time in leadership at St. Paul’s and as yearbook coordinator, played tennis and hockey, completed hikes in the Victorian and South Australian Outback to learn more about the environment, wildlife and about himself and assisted as a youth camp leader for his school yr8 Outwood Bound Camo. To find out more about his Journey and what he got from it we asked him a few questions.

Why did you choose to do your Gold Award?

I completed Bronze and Silver and thought why not. Why not keep being healthy. Why not help others. Why not have fun!!

What impact has the Award had on you?

It has made a huge difference. I was able to make new skills and try new experiences. Highlights of the award as a whole are the Adventurous Journeys. They have been so fun and I have been able to learn more about my self and the environment.

Did volunteering bring you closer to your local community?

Yes, it did. I was able to build new relationships and be able to experience the feeling of helping others. So gratifying. Also, it’s an experience like no other as I know that I have made a difference and have given back to society.

Have you continued volunteering in your community since completing your Award, and if so why / why not?

Yes because the feeling is just so gratifying. The feeling of helping and serving others really makes you feel like you’re making a difference on community.

Did your Physical Recreation activity have a positive impact on your health and well-being, if so, how?

Yes it has made me stay fit and healthy. Moreover, I was able to make new friends through sport.

Has the Award has helped you, changed your outlook, or impacted you in any way?

The residential project would have to be the highlight. Being able to lead Year 7 and 8s on camp is a feeling like no other.

How could we improve your experience at your Award Unit or School?

I really must comment on our School Award unit because they are so supportive and have helped me develop.

How can we encourage more young people to participate in the Duke of Ed Award?

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