As we remember Princess Diana on 31 August – over twenty years on – it is heartening to know that her legacy lives on through tens of thousands of young people who embody her qualities of kindness, compassion and service.

31 August 2018

Princess Diana was renowned for breaking barriers. Her passion for seeing positive change in the world despite stigmas was revolutionary and continues to inspire a new generation today. Here at The Diana Award we have the honour of working with young people from across the UK and around the world who see through negative preconceptions to focus on the true essence of humanity that shines through their selfless work.

I’m sure we can all recall the iconic image of Princess Diana walking through an Angolan minefield, a photo that brought the world’s media to a standstill as a global community was captivated by Diana’s bravery, courage and determination to break through a decades’ old taboo in favour of creating a community that is safe and accessible for its citizens. We see these same traits in young trailblazers at The Diana Award like Ryan Hicks, a London teen who is tirelessly campaigning against knife crime to make his local area a safe environment for young people to grow up in.

Diana, Princess of Wales

We are proud to work with thousands of young people who are following in Princess Diana’s footsteps to shine the spotlight on issues that continue to hold back much of society even today. Young people just like Mercy Ngulube, a courageous social activist who has used her own personal painful experience of stigma and discrimination to drive her commitment and pursuit of equality for young people living with HIV.

So, on the 21st anniversary of Princess Diana’s death I ask that we all take a little time today to consider how we can help the young trailblazers that are our future. How can we support them as they break through barriers and ignore stigmas to change the world for us all?

We, just like Princess Diana, believe that young people have the power to change the world and I can only imagine that the People’s Princess would be incredibly proud of the work that the next generation are doing to create a better place for us all.

Tessy Ojo, CEO of The Diana Award


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