In a Commonwealth exchange, the Queen beams with satisfaction, saying, “That’s a good background for you.”
DURING A VIRTUAL MEETING WITH YOUNG LEADERS SUPPORTED BY THE QUEEN’S COMMONWEALTH TRUST, THE QUEEN cracked a joke.
The Queen reached out to a select young leaders who are sponsored by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) to learn more about the amazing work they are doing in their communities. Jubilant Cutting, the head of the Guyana Animation Network, was one of them (GAN).
This non-profit organization, which is funded by the QCT, assists young people in the Caribbean in developing digital media and animation skills and becoming fascinated by technology.
During her video conversation with the Queen, the young leader used a collection of digital paintings as a background to show the Queen some of the artwork done by members of her organization.
The sovereign was overjoyed by this action.
“The future of digital technology and creativity is already here, it’s no longer futuristic, it’s here,” Ms Cutting said of her charity’s efforts.
“We also recognize that young people in some parts of the Commonwealth, particularly in the Caribbean, continue to lack access to excellent education, resources, and role models.
“Thank you, Ma’am, for your continuous support for young people and for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which has allowed GAN to continue its work during the pandemic.
“As you can see, I’m surrounded by some of their creative work.
“They have chosen to show you their artwork today, and I am honored to represent them.”
“Oh right!” the Queen exclaimed, leaning forward to get a better look at the background. That’s fantastic, isn’t it?”
“Good background for you,” she continued with a chuckle.
During her video conversation, the Queen also spoke with Safaath Ahmed Zahir of the Maldives, an inspiring young woman.
Ms Zahir is the founder of Women & Democracy, a non-governmental organization that promotes women’s economic and political engagement as well as strong democratic governance.
During the lockdown, the QCT-supported charity established a helpline for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
It has aided around 130 people in the last few months.
Brad Gudger, a two-time cancer survivor, also spoke to the Queen.
Mr Gudger described how he felt alone and lonely after being diagnosed with leukemia.
His experience inspired him to create Alike, a nonprofit that assists young people who have been diagnosed with cancer feel less alone.
In 2017, the Queen’s Trust, which is now closed, gave birth to the QCT.
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