A St John Cymru Wales cadet has helped to renovate a primary school hall in South Africa, as part of a two-week educational expedition with other young leaders from around the world.

Georgina Knapman, from the Llanelli Division, was selected to take part in the trip as one of the finalists for the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation (CVQO) Westminster Award.

18 year old Georgina placed second overall in the final and she was awarded the prestigious Lord Lingfield Medal in recognition of her dedication to cadet services.

Returning from the expedition, Georgina said:

“South Africa was incredible – and that’s a bit of an understatement! I spent two weeks at three different camps, each of which had a different focus.

“At Kosi Bay the focus was the community, where we met locals and renovated the primary school hall. We got to see the result of our work first-hand when we met some of the families and their children who will be using the renovated hall.”

Director of Youth for St John Cymru Wales, Sy Joshua, said:

“Georgina is one of our many dedicated and committed cadets. We are extremely proud that Georgina was shortlisted as a finalist for the CVQO Westminster Award and we are delighted that she was able to represent St John Cymru Wales on an international stage, along with other global young leaders.”

5,000 nominations were received for the 2017 CVQO Westminster Award, 30 cadets were then invited to take part in a 2-day selection event where the final 10 were shortlisted.

The finalists attended a special lunch at the House of Lords on 28th June.

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Georgina Knapman, 18, at Kosi Bay in South Africa

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