Queen to present Lankans with inaugural award

Queen1-1000The Queen is to present the inaugural Queen’s Young Leaders Awards to two young people from Sri Lanka at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Monday 22nd June.

Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe and Kavindya Thennakoon are among 60 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who have been recognised by The Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.

Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe, 26, has been recognised for his work around creating cohesive communities through culture, arts and languages. 19-year-old Kavindya Thennakoon has been recognised for efforts in founding Without Borders, which aims to tackle the lack of quality education and employment.

Before receiving their Award at Buckingham Palace the winners will meet the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron at 10 Downing Street, visit the headquarters of global social networking company, Twitter and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service.

Thejitha Saubhagya Edirisinghe said: “I am so happy to be one of the first recipients of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. To be recognised for my work and be presented with an Award by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace is such a huge honour. I can’t wait to meet all the other Award winners in London and get involved in all the exciting activities that are taking place throughout the week.”

This year’s Award winners are aged between 18 and 29 and are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

Following the ceremony on the 22nd June, Award winners will spend four days in the UK to take part in a residential development programme as part of the Award prize. The programme includes workshops at Cambridge University, meetings with UK businesses leaders, and visits to life changing social action projects. (Colombo Gazette)

7 COMMENTS

  1. I am proud of these 2 Sinhalese youths, I am an overseas Sinhalese, we are making a good name for ourselves even though there aren’t many Sinhalese in this country. But unfortunately I am ashamed of the present Sinhalese govt. who are vindictive and bickering all the time.

    • You are a real racist, why you say Sinhalese , can’t you use the word Sri Lankan?people like you are the ones who create problems in our country, I am happy to note that you are out side of our country

    • Suriya, who cares if it is a Sinhalese youths or tamils or muslims? These youths are Srilankans.. The ethnic situation in Sl created by people like you with racist mind. Don’t use terms like Sinhalese when you actually can use Srillankans ..Sl is not only for Sinhalese people it is for all the ethnic groups in the country.

    • SURIYA, I AM ASHAMED THAT YOU ARE IN A COUNTRY WITH A FEW ” SINHALESE”.
      SRI LANKA BELONGS TO SRILANKANS,WHETHER THEY ARE SINHALESE,TAMILS,MUSLIMS,MALAYS OR BURGHERS-PERIOD.
      IF YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN SRI LANKA DIVIDE SRILANKA AND LIVE ONLY WITH YOUR SO CALLED SINHALESE ONLY PEOPLE.
      FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SRI LANKA THANKS TO MAITHRI AND RANIL THE CHRISTIANS,TAMILS ,MUSLIMS THINK THAT THEY ARE “FIRST CLSS” CITIZENS IN A FIRST CLASS CITIZENS!!!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here