/EINPresswire.com/ Trimega Laboratories was invited to speak recently (29.4.10) at a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) event at Mansion House in Cardiff, attended by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The event, which mirrored a similar gathering at Buckingham Palace in April, was a ‘Celebration of Partnerships’ recognising the important relationships that the DofE has with its Local Authority and Voluntary Youth Sector partners. It was attended by senior Local Authority officers from across Wales with responsibility for Children and Young peoples services and highlighted the work they have achieved by using The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as a life and community changing tool.

Trimega, a specialist in testing for substance misuse among parents, was invited to speak at both events as a Charter Member of the DofE. As well as HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Rod Carillo of Trimega, Alun Wyn Jones (Welsh and British Lions Rugby International) and Professor David Hawker of the Welsh Assembly addressed the audience.

Also being presented at the event were the findings of new research carried out by the University of Northampton illustrating The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s impact on young people and its ability to support Local Government objectives.

• 90% of young people through the DofE have been given the opportunity to help others
• 84% have become more responsible
• 74% believe that they have increased their self esteem
• 71 % have gained greater belief in themselves

Avi Lasarow, CEO of Trimega Laboratories, explained: “I’m really impressed by the work the DofE does in keeping young people on track and providing them with positive activities and inspiration. Our involvement has enabled us to witness the impact it has on those it comes into contact with, which was confirmed by the research presented.”

Peter Westgarth, CEO, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, commented: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is delighted to have Trimega Laboratories as a supporter of our charity. We were pleased to welcome Rod Carillo as a supporter to speak at our Celebration of Partnerships event in Cardiff.”

About Trimega Laboratories: Established in London in 2005 with offices and labs in Germany and South Africa, Trimega Laboratories uses a range of innovative techniques, including the hair drug test, for testing substances of abuse.

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