Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has presented Neil Agius with the Commonwealth Point Of Light honour, in light of his work and dedication towards promoting plastic-free seas.
The Points of Light awards recognise outstanding volunteers every day of the week – people whose service is making a difference in their communities and whose story can inspire others to creative, innovative solutions to social challenges in their own communities and beyond. So it comes as absolutely no surprise to us that Neil would merit such a prestigious award.
Only a few weeks ago, Maltese environment campaigner Neil Agius embarked on his toughest test yet – a swim from Sicily to Malta.
The professional swimming coach, 33, swam a total of a 100km from Sicily to Malta. He only had a swimsuit and goggles on; no wet-suit, and for the duration of the swim, he wasn’t able to get aboard any boats. This is also the third consecutive year that Neil completed a swimming challenge of the sort, but none have been as extreme as this.
Neil has officially become the second person to ever complete the mammoth task of swimming the distance between Sicily to Malta.
“I am really honoured to receive this award. It is a great feeling that I can inspire so many to make changes to the way they treat mother earth. There is no planet B so we really need to respect it, once we can learn to do that then we will be able to enjoy it at its full potential and glory,” Neil shares.