Duke of Edinburgh’s awards pure Gold for aspiring Mandurah youth

Benjamin Blockley and Bonnie MacLeod.  Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d445498
Benjamin Blockley and Bonnie MacLeod. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d445498

TWO Mandurah Baptist College students were awarded the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at the 2015 Gold Award Ceremony at Government House on October 9.

Hosted by WA Governor Kerry Sanderson, Benjamin Blockley (Singleton) and Bonnie MacLeod (Madora Bay) were recognised for their achievements.

Benjamin said it was an amazing experience.

“My award journey taught me the value of self-discipline and commitment, as well as the personal reward that can be gained from helping others in the community,” he said.

“The one singular aspect of my award which caused the greatest change was the Residential Project: a mission trip to Thailand.

“The trip made me think more carefully about my own situation and how lucky we are to live where we do.”

Bonnie said her Gold Award Adventurous Journey experience opened her eyes to leadership.

“I found my Adventurous Journey as one full of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” she said.

“I learnt a lot about myself and what qualities in a leader I aspire to have.

“From observing others’ behaviours and leadership qualities, I feel as though I have progressed and learnt how to be a better leader by recognising what I like and what I don’t like in a leader.”