DofE Diamond

We’ve got a challenge for you!

Your University is bringing the once-in-a-lifetime Duke of Edinburgh Award inspired Diamond Challenge to Bolton.

The aim is for us all to push boundaries and challenge ourselves, whilst raising funds to help transform young lives in our area.

The University has set its own goal – to have 1,000 students and 100 staff from Deane campus joining together in the challenge which runs until the end of this year.

The DofE was founded in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and now runs in 144 countries. In that time millions of young people have taken part in the scheme, challenge themselves and making a difference to their communities. This year is the organisation’s 60th anniversary.

Karen Climbing WallLeading the DofE Diamond Challenge at the University is CSR Programme Manager, Karen Openshaw. She’ll be in Chancellor’s Mall on Wednesday 28 September 2016 with her DofE Challenge stall. You can sign up there and then and get some challenge inspiration.

‘There’s no limit to what you can do – big or small, if it’s a challenge for you, it counts,’ said Karen.

If you are a member of staff or alumni taking part, register online and receive your exclusive Challenger Kit , but don’t forget to include the words ‘University of Bolton‘ when you set up your justgiving webpage.

If you are a student, email Kelly Vernon at ku.ca1576419799.notl1576419799ob@no1576419799nrev.1576419799k1576419799 to register with the student team.

To be a sponsor of the University DofE Diamond team, go to the student team justgiving page.

The target is for everyone taking part to raise £60 and the Diamond pins will be presented at a glittering ceremony set to be held early in the New Year. If you can’t commit to raising £60 you are still very welcome to take part and will receive a University Diamond Challenge certificate.

Said Vice Chancellor, Prof George E Holmes: ‘The Duke of Edinburgh Award is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee (60 years). Throughout this time it has provided inspiring and challenging experiences for young people, helping them to develop essential life skills. The Diamond Award provides an opportunity for all those who have not engaged in the DofE Scheme to do so now, however late in life, and benefit equally. The University has committed to enter more than 1000 staff and students in achieving a Diamond Award this year.  This will be the biggest cohort on the DofE Scheme in the world. We hope to welcome the Duke himself to the University to present participants with their “Diamond Pin” award.  We need everyone to get behind this initiative and benefit from a great DofE experience.’

The University’s challenge bid is being supported Bolton Students’ Union. President, Vivienne Newton is closely involved in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, volunteering as a leader locally. She said: ‘The DofE award helps young people to develop personal and team work skills. Fundraising to support the award will contribute to widening participation in the scheme which complements the University of Bolton’s own widening participation commitments.’

Pictured top, launching the challenge: Student Saaria Ahmed, representing the Students’ Union, Vice Chancellor Prof Holmes and Bolton’s DofE Diamond leader, Karen Openshaw.

Pictured above: Looking for ideas for your DofE challenge? Karen Openshaw tackles the University of Bolton climbing wall.

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