HRH The Prince of Wales thanks Governments for their support to the Trust

In his opening speech at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales expressed his gratitude for the generous support the Trust has received from the Commonwealth nations represented at the meeting.

If I may, I should like to take this opportunity of extending Her Majesty’s sincere thanks for this remarkable initiative which has been founded as a tribute to her sixty years of service as Head of the Commonwealth. The Diamond Jubilee Trust, announced in Perth two years ago and designed to provide a lasting legacy for the benefit of the Commonwealth, has since been richly supported by people, organisations, businesses and governments of the nations represented here. And as you have heard, that generosity will be devoted to two major causes: first, the treatment and, in some cases, the elimination of avoidable blindness; and, secondly, a new programme of youth leadership, named for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. Both these projects have the potential to transform millions of lives across the Commonwealth, and would simply not have been possible without your outstanding and continuing support.

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The Australian Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott in his address to the Commonwealth Heads of Governments as outgoing Chair, referred to the progress made since the decision to establish the Trust at the 2012 CHOGM in Perth:

Also in Perth, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust was launched, honouring Her Majesty’s lifetime of duty and service.

This trust has already raised more than £100 million from across the Commonwealth. This will be deployed in the fight against avoidable blindness across the Commonwealth and to support our young leaders.

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The breadth of support for the Trust from across the Commonwealth was further referenced in the CHOGM final communiqué, which also endorsed the Trust’s chosen areas of focus and encouraged it to work in partnership with the Vision2020 alliance towards the goal of eliminating avoidable blindness across the Commonwealth.

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