Attitude of Gratitude campaigner, Manuela Wahnon, has been awarded the daily ‘Points of Light’ award by David Cameron and Downing Street.
The Points of Lights awards were launched earlier in the year, David Cameron said of the scheme, “We should do more as a country to recognise volunteering. In America they have Points of Light. President George H W Bush spoke about 1,000 Points of Light shining out in difficult times. Britain is going to have its own Points of Light scheme.”
Manuela is the 48th person in the UK to receive the award and is absolutely thrilled. With the news not seemingly to have sunk in yet, she told Andover & Villages, “It has been a terribly stressful 2 weeks. I had contact from the cabinet office, which really confused me at first. I was told about the award, but that I had to keep it all a secret until the official announcement was made by Downing Street. I couldn’t quite work out if it was real to begin with, and then the stress of not being able to share my news with friends of family was so hard on me. I received the award through the post, but again wasn’t allowed to show anyone until it had become official publicly. I have decided, now it is public, to wait until I can be photographed with Sir George Young MP with my award, as he has been such a massive supporter of me personally and my Attitude of Gratitude campaign.”
On the Points of Light list on the government website, Manuela’s listing says the following;
Manuela wins the award for her crusade against litter in Andover. Manuela has racked up 5 years’ worth of litter-picking and set up the Attitude of Gratitude campaign in Andover to encourage others to work towards the same goals. She also regularly speaks at schools across the county to help encourage young people to be more thoughtful with their litter.
Local business, Andover Framing, was approached by Manuela to present her award at its best, and were very excited and proud to be part of the fantastic recognition bestowed upon Andover’s Attitude of Gratitude campaigner. The certificate now awaits, proudly, in a new frame for its photo call with our MP and Manuela herself.
Manuela was, as ever, very humble in her interview with AaV, and told us that she was more excited that Andover was being recognised than her own efforts and contributions to the town. She said, “I want anyone that is a volunteer in Andover, to celebrate with me, this award is for every volunteer in our town and for all the great all of us do.”