The Award was inspired by a self-funded trip Aaron took to Borneo and Malaysia when he was 22 – just before he left for Sandhurst. The aim of his trip was to help build a school, but it was an period of his life that Aaron often spoke of with fondness for both the experiences he had and the people he met while away.
Our six previous winners have all had similarly amazing experiences and have been extremely appreciative of the support provided to them by the ALF:
- In the summer of 2014, Daniella went to Sri Lanka to support and teach local underprivileged children.
- In 2015, Lynette and Rachel travelled to Malawi in Africa on teaching and medical placements respectively. Both were able to greatly help the local community with their voluntary work, and were deeply shocked by how the locals were treated and the living conditions they witnessed.
- Also in 2015, Hollie also carried out a medical placement in Cambodia, providing support in some of the most deprived parts of a country that would otherwise suffer further without the support of the voluntary missions.
- In 2016, Luci travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to support local children with sports, activities and teaching.