A Rhiwbina man, dubbed “Wales’ highest fund-raiser” was among those who met HRH The Duke of Wessex at a special ‘Diamond Challenge’ event at Cardiff International White Water Centre as part of the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Charity (DofE).
Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE – Director of the Institute of Directors Wales – raised over £7,000 climbing the Welsh Three Peaks as part of his Diamond Challenge.
“Throughout 2016, people are taking on a challenge from three DofE inspired themes – learn a skill, embark on an adventure or conquer a personal challenge,” explained Tim Hartland, a partner at CJCH Solicitors, who supported the event, alongside Canoe Wales.
“It was a great occasion and a wonderful showcase for the DofE programme and the Diamond Challenge, so we were very keen to play our part and ensure as many as possible could get involved.”
Around 150 young people from nine schools and two youth organisations took part in kayaking, canoeing, rafting and climbing during the day
HRH The Earl of Wessex arrived at the Centre on the Challenge Wales yacht and was greeted by the DofE’s Diamond Challenge champion for Wales, Tori James, and centre manager Ben Longhurst.
Canoe Wales and CJCH Solicitors were partners of the event. CJCH donated towards the day to ensure as many young people as possible could access the activities, and Canoe Wales helped with the promotion and helped arrange support with logistics.
All Challengers are asked to raise a minimum of £60 for the DofE Charity to go towards increasing opportunities for all young people to start their DofE in the UK.
The DofE Diamond Challenge aims to give everyone a flavour of the life-changing benefits of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The funds raised by DofE Diamond Challengers will help the Charity reach its Diamond Ambition of enabling two million more young people access the DofE by 2020.