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National Kindness Day to honour Diana, Princess of Wales

The Diana Award was established two years after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in a horrific car crash in Paris. It focuses on several issues, mainly bullying. Its main focus is presenting the Diana Award to youth who practice the values and qualities the late Princess modelled during her short life. The 31st of August will mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Princes William and Harry’s mother. The Diana Award has announced a series of initiatives to be held this year that will promote the qualities Diana exhibited – kindness, compassion, and service.

The late Princess was a strong advocate for youth changing the world; this will also be a component of these events, which Princes William and Harry are said to attend several throughout 2017.

Tessy Ojo, the Executive Director of the Diana Award told The Daily Express about this year-long programme: “What’s 2017 all about? It’s about celebrating the legacy of Princess Diana, 20 years on. Diana, Princess of Wales was known worldwide for her values of compassion, her values of kindness and her values of service to others.”

One special day to commemorate her death will be in March. The National Kindness Day promotes doing something kind for someone else. Another component of the programme will take place at Earl Spencer’s home, Althorp, in Northamptonshire. Diana’s brother will host an exhibition showcasing 20 Diana Award recipients. These are young people who embody the values of the late Princess, who are active in their communities and who, through their work, are bringing social change to their communities.

Nominations for the International Legacy Award are open to those Diana Award recipients of the 2016-17 academic year ages nine through 18. The deadline to nominate someone is 17 March 2017.

“Twenty years on, we at the Diana Award know that her values and her legacy live on through the tens of thousands of young people who only know her as a historic figure, but are committed to continuing those values,” said Tessy Ojo.

  • Mr. Christian

    I think an award for kindness and compassion in Diana, Princess of Wales instance is a wonderful idea for youth. She and her staff embodied these qualities in my brief encounters with them. Many “People’s Princes and Princess” deserve such recognition for their love of humanity without regard to race, religion; or, class. To show compassion for the other person is a great teaching for youth.

  • Mr. Christian

    This is not meant to be pretentious; but, I had an idea of how to endow a school, that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry might be the Patrons of for children. I thought that a portrait contest using photos of Princess Diana, including such of those as her work with patients in hospitals, might then enable the sale of the winner and runners up. I just learned that Princess Katherine had a major in Art History and is therefore very qualified to help direct the contest. All the endowment need do, if good teachers are found would be the costs of preparing the school; and, then it could build itself up with the annual cost of attending it, etc. And, as the Duke and Duchess are reported to be looking for a school after Montessori, if the school is well planned then Prince George could attend it.

  • Ina

    Just to remind the author of the article that Lady Diana died on 31st August NOT on 30th August so therefore the 20th anniversary should be on 31st August.

    • Rebecca

      It says the 31st

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