Challenging young people to move out of their comfort zones and explore their potential strengths is the intention of the prestigious international President’s Award. Under the patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh and in South Africa, of the late Nelson Mandela, the programme requires the participants to complete modules in sport, service, learn a new skill as well as completing an adventurous journey. When President Jacob Zuma took over patronage from Nelson Mandela, he quoted Danville gold medallist, Suvarna Indermun:

In the words of Suvarna Indermun fom KwaZulu-Natal who achieved her Gold Award on 23rd September 2010:

“You start off unsure, but then you get to know this person you already had inside of you and then you realise that you are nobody but yourself… The President’s Award has taught me to always remain positive and to do the impossible, and then, even when there’s a voice inside me saying ‘You cannot do it’, I go ahead and do it anyway because then the voice is silenced and I have achieved my goal. The Award has pushed me far beyond anything I could ever have imagined myself doing.”