Maureen Pennels
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Favourite memory of the Award:
I have so many fond memories of the award, that it is hard to choose just one. During the Otter Trail, I had a lot of fun becoming one with nature, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. We spent the 5 days, encouraging each other, even when the trail seemed very long. It felt like a great accomplishment in the end, with lasting friendships and special memories made.
Biggest challenge from doing the Award:
A big challenge from doing this Award was being consistent. This is definitely not an award for procrastinators, as success is only guaranteed through continuous and consistent efforts made towards the goal of achieving this Award. Through doing this award, I have learnt to appreciate the fruits of hard work.
South Africa
Have you continued any of your Award activities? If so, what:
During my time at university, I often participated in beach clean ups with the Presidents Award alumni and school-going participants of the award. At the moment, I am not directly involved with the award activities at this stage. However, to this day, I do carry the key values from the award. I often participate in charity projects in my workplace, giving back to the community. Most recently at my workplace, I was involved in delivering toys to an SOS children's home in my city. The Presidents Award has made me the person I am today, and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to take part in something so special at such a young age.
Tell us the story behind your photo:
For my Gold level hike, I had the amazing opportunity through The Presidents Award to go on the Otter Trail. This happened in June 2011, when I was 17, during my school holidays. (I had a two week school term holiday - one week I did the hike, and my second week, my residential project took place) This is a picture of the hiking team having a snack on the beach. The hike, although very beautiful and scenic, was very challenging, as it took me very far away from the comforts of home. Having no electricity, very little warm water with which to shower, and eating basic food like beans in a can and other items which would not spoil during the 5 days, was definitely a challenge. However, we kept our team spirit very high, singing songs and playing games. It was a lot of fun. I am thankful for being a part of the award program, because otherwise I would have not had such a lovely opportunity to go on a 5 day hike.
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