PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Heidy Quah has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II as an exceptional young person for her work in supporting refugees in Malaysia.
The 23-year-old was announced a winner of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award, which will be presented by the monarch at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday.
In a statement issued by the programme coordinators today, Quah, who was selected from among thousands of other applicants, said she was delighted to have been chosen for the award.
“I hope to expand my role as a youth advocate and spokeswoman for refugees,” she added.
The award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.
Quah will be representing Malaysia as she joins winners from across the Commonwealth in the UK.
During her visit, she will attend meetings which will provide her networking opportunities, training and mentoring.
These are designed to help the winners develop as leaders and work with greater impact to transform more lives.
The 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues, from tackling bullying in schools to preserving the environment and promoting gender equality.
Before receiving their awards at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street and take part in master classes at the BBC World Service and Facebook’s UK headquarters.
They will also meet the Commonwealth secretary-general, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge and meet senior executives from some of the UK’s leading organisations.
They will also get the opportunity to visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.