Young Cypriot among winners of Queen’s Young Leaders Award

A young Cypriot from Larnaca has been chosen as one of this year’s Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners in recognition of her work to help disadvantaged people in the community.

In a press release the Queen’s Young Leaders programme says is today delighted to reveal that Antonia Michailidi from Cyprus has been chosen as one of the final ever Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners in recognition of the lead she is taking in her community to change lives.

The Awards programme, now in its fourth and final year, celebrates exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth and the work they are undertaking to improve lives across a diverse range of issues, from supporting people living with mental health problems, helping children to receive a quality education, to promoting gender equality, the press release adds.

The winners announced today will receive their Award from Queen Elisabeth at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK, next year.

Antonia Michailidi, aged 21, said that I cannot describe how thankful I am to be receiving this Award.

I feel honoured that my work has been recognised and I want to thank every person that has in any way contributed to my work, she added.

According to information from the programme’s website Antonia works to help disadvantaged people in the community.

She is the co-founder of the Humanitarian Aid Programme (Cyprus), which supports refugees accommodated in Cyprus by collecting donations for the Kofinou Refugee Camp. She uses her experience of working in the camp to raise awareness for some of the problems facing the people living there, for example the financial and language difficulties they experience.

Antonia is the International Law Association’s student representative in Cyprus and volunteers for One Woman At A Time, which helps abused women in Cyprus by advising women on their legal rights.

Source: Cyprus News Agency