National leadership team does the rounds to help mark The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Diamond Anniversary year
Bosses at audit, tax and consultancy firm RSM are taking part in an unusual challenge to raise thousands of pounds for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
The national leadership team is attempting to visit each one of RSM’s 32 UK offices, including those in Edinburgh and Glasgow, within 80 hours using as many different modes of transport as possible as part of an ‘Around the world in 80 days’-inspired DofE Diamond Challenge.
So far, team members have travelled in a barge along Edinburgh’s union canal, whizzed round Lerwick on quadbikes, ridden (fake) horses in Glasgow, tandems in Aberdeen and been pillion passengers on motorbikes in Grangemouth.
Robert Ross, RSM regional managing partner for Scotland, said: “RSM has been a longstanding supporter of the DofE, and the leadership team wanted to do something special to mark the Charity’s Diamond Anniversary year.
“We’ve had fantastic support from the staff at RSM across Scotland and we hope that the money we raise will help the DofE continue its vital work in helping young people to gain the skills they need to succeed in life and work.”
Peter Westgarth, chief executive of the DofE, said: “In our Diamond Anniversary year we are calling on people of all ages to take on a DofE Diamond Challenge and raise funds to help us enable two million more young people to start their DofE by 2020, 400,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Since our partnership began in 2006, RSM has been supporting the DofE in many creative ways. This year, as a Headline Diamond Partner and as DofE Diamond Challengers, we’ve seen the RSM team pushing themselves outside of their comfort zones to support our Charity and I can’t thank them enough.”
For the past seven decades, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people across the globe, from all backgrounds and circumstances. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.