Maseru — The patron of the Prince Mohato Awards, King Letsie III on May 17, 2003 awarded gold medals to the winners of the 2003 Prince Mohato Awards at the Royal Palace, Maseru.
The annual Prince Mohato Awards are given to youth who excelled in their contribution to and engagement in various development projects within Lesotho.
The King indicated that the award winners had demonstrated the strength of character and self-reliance which they gained through their participation in the Award's programmes, adding that the organizers of the Award's programmes fully took up the challenge to sensitize the public about the existence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
King Letsie III said that youngsters who took part in the Award's programmes would be able to give valuable guidance and service to those in need, and to share their experiences and knowledge with other young people in the country.
The King, who is the former Prince Mohato and after whom the Award is named, pleaded with the recipients of the Award to promote and strengthen the activities of the programme in and impart to other youth organizations and clubs the skills and knowledge they have gained.
King Letsie III appealed to donor agencies, the private sector and the general public to support the activities and programmes of the Award so that it could grow and achieve its full potential.
The Chairperson of the National Authority Award Council Liteboho Lerotholi said the aim of the Prince Mohato Award was to build the youth into responsible adults in the future.
She called upon the youth aged between 14 and 25 to engage in development projects to enhance their skills in community service and to acquire healthy life skills.
A representative of the Gold Awards recipients' Molloro Mafisa said they would use the skills acquired in the programme to face the challenges they may come across in their lives.
He also called upon the citizens of Lesotho to join hands in the fight against HIV/AIDS, adding that the youth should not feel ashamed to openly talk about the dangers of the disease.
Fourteen youth received the 2003 Prince Mohato Gold Awards. The motto of the Award is "Challenging young people everywhere".