The Earl of Wessex told awardees, “When you walk out of the Town Hall, walk a few inches taller and be proud of your personal achievement and the impact you have made on your community.” The Ceremony was also attended by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Honourable Gary Nairn AO, Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia, along with 16 Australian stars including Dawn Fraser AC, Layne Beachley AO, Kirk Pengilly from INXS, Jack Thompson AM and Indira Naidoo, Australian author, journalist and presenter.

Mayor Clover Moore congratulated the awardees, thanking them for their contribution to the country. “You are the leaders of tomorrow and your service makes our whole community stronger.” For local Caden Hill it was a momentous celebration of more than four years of dedication, perseverance, resilience, integrity, team work and commitment to adventurous journeys in life, achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold which included hiking the Routeburn and Kepler tracks in New Zealand.

The five fine young men from Pacific Hills completed years of physical activities, skills, community service, a residential project and many extensive adventurous hiking journeys, with the leadership of Mrs O’Neil and Mr Lees, coordinators of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at Pacific Hills.

In the words of Prince Edward, “As you know, there are lots of young people out there who say, ‘Oh the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, I could do that!’ The difference is, you know you can!”