Lady Williams disheartened by lack of awardees for humanitarian award

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Two years after the launch of the Halo Humanitarian Award for young people, the wife of the Governor General, Lady Sandra Williams said she is disappointed that no fitting candidates have been identified.
The award seeks to recognise deserving primary and secondary students — in both government and private learning institutions — who have performed extraordinary acts of kindness and heroism in Antigua & Barbuda.
Over the two-year period, Government House has communicated the particulars of the award to each school; however no school child has stood out as being worthy of qualifying for the gold medal, along with $1,000 purse as a result of their valiant efforts.
 “We had had no applications for this and the reasons the teachers give is that there is no one in the schools that fit that bill, and there is nobody who has done an act of kindness or bravery, and that’s sad, a very sad story,” Lady Williams said yesterday.
To qualify, students should be not be in a class higher than fourth form and must not have sat Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) subjects or the equivalent, and must display exemplary acts of kindness and courage in their school and or community.
Three credible references that can attest to the courageous and/ or kind acts, should accompany the applicant’s submission. Additionally, if available, evidence to include testimonials from witnesses or from the beneficiary of the act of kindness, and photographs of the occurrence can be included.
This year, the deadline for submitting the applications was February 28, and recipients would have been presented with their medals this month.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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