The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Introduction


The Trust has introduced the Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Scheme since 2004. Participants attain self-achievable goals through balanced and non-competitive activities, including service, skills, expedition and recreational programmers.

The Award is a personal challenge from the Duke of Edinburgh to youth, encouraging them to set goals and achieve them in each section of the Award. It is tailored to suit the abilities of each individual as participants can choose activities that suit their particular interests and talents. This non-competitive approach allows anyone to obtain the award with perseverance and effort, and promotes self-esteem and confidence.

There are three separate awards - Bronze, Silver and Gold. The minimum starting age is 14 years for Bronze, 15 years for Silver and 16 years for Gold. The maximum age for completing any award is 25 years. To gain the award, participants need to complete all four sections - service, expeditions, skills / interests and physical recreation. A residential project also has to be completed at gold level.

Since 2004, 41 awards have been gained by our participants. Three Gold Awards were presented. The awardees are Vincent Chong (2008), Jackie Chong (2011) & Helen Liu (2011). More participants are expected to get their awards in the following years with the help of our adult volunteers. Our expeditions panel with the assistance of a pool of expedition instructors often organises Expedition Training Workshops and Camps to meet the need of our participants.

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