Two Fijians To Receive Queens Young Leaders Award

Pair will join representatives from 45 Commonwealth countries in London

By Ruby Taylor

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 9, 2016) – Fijians Elisha Bano, 29 and Luisa Tuilau, 23, will each receive a Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace on June 23, 2016.

A news release from states that the two have been recognised by the Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities.

Bano is being recognised for her work using the arts to make young people more aware of local issues that affect the community, while Tuilau is being acknowledged for raising awareness of the needs of young people.

Before receiving their Queen's Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and the UK headquarters of global social networking company Twitter, and meet with senior executives at the BBC World Service. They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, have meetings with UK business leaders, and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK, revealed. 

The two Fiji representatives will join other winners from 45 different Commonwealth countries in London for five days of high-level engagements, all designed to help them further their life-changing work.

"I'm looking forward to sharing our networks in the region with all my fellow Queen's Young Leaders and at the same time establishing and creating networks," quoted Tuilau as saying.

Bano and Tuilau were selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen's Young Leader.

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