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Gold Award Gala

December 5, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The Gold Award Gala will be a night of wonderful food and beverages, entertainment, celebration and recognition of The Duke of Edinburgh’s 2015 Gold Awardees.

We are delighted to confirm that Channel Seven’s Christie Cooper will be joining us as our host for the evening. After graduating from RMIT with a Professional Communications degree in 2008, Christie Cooper spent 2 years learning the trade before joining the Seven News team as a Television Reporter. Christie is also a Duke of Edinburgh’s Awardee having completed both her Bronze and Silver Awards. Read Christie’s full bio and more on her achievements here.

Jason Heerah is one of Melbourne’s most regularly playing live musicians and was a 2014 finalist on the popular show X-Factor. He specializes in Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Producing and Songwriting. We are excited to welcome Jason back for his second year performing live at the Gala. Read our interview with Jason here and find out his advice for this years Awardees.

We are also pleased to confirm that Michael Dillon will be joining us as our Gold Award Presenter of Certificates. As Australia’s first Gold Award recipient, Michael Dillon has gone on to become Australia’s leading Cameraman/Director of Adventure and Expedition Documentaries. On an International level he has won more awards in this field than any other individual worldwide. Read about how Duke of Ed shaped Michael’s career journey here.

In addition to celebrating the achievements of our 2015 Gold Awardees, we are also bringing back The Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘Excellence and Innovation Awards’ to recognise the outstanding commitment and support of our ‘behind the scenes’ champions. Find out who our Finalists are here.






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We welcome you to contact our CEO, Anoushka Gungadin to discuss partnership opportunities aligned to your personal and organisational goals via email anoushkag@dukeofedvic.org.au and phone 8412 9333.


 Thank you to our Gold sponsor:

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Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors:

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December 5, 2015
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Duke of Ed Victoria


Savoy Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Melbourne
VIC 3000 Australia + Google Map
  • “Before, I would only dream of what I could do; now I still dream, but I also go out and do it!”

    Sam Burdon, Gold Awardee
  • “The current environment is very challenging for young people, so it’s important they try to make themselves more attractive to employers. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is highly valued by business because they know it helps to develop more rounded individuals.”

    HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, ADC Trustee
  • “I believe The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and other programs operated by the not-for-profit Awards Victoria Ltd are vital as they focus on developing our most valuable resource, our young people, who ultimately create the future of our community.”

    Gary Rowe, CEO, Safety Action Pty Ltd and Ambassador of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award