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Take the diamond challenge and raise money for young people

Take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) Diamond Challenge on 25 November.

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We are urging our residents to challenge themselves as part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) Diamond Challenge.

The special 60th anniversary event is being held nationwide to raise funds to help transform lives of disadvantaged young people.

As part of the 60-inspired challenges, locals can choose to join a team of 60 people in a relay to cycle, run, swim and walk 60 miles, or pick a challenge more personal to you.

Our Young Person Services is looking for 300 people to join in and make the East Renfrewshire's challenge at Eastwood High on Friday 25 November the biggest one in Britain.

Our Chief Executive Lorraine McMillan and Deputy Chief Executive Caroline Innes, along with the directors, have already pledged their support to the event and will complete a cooking challenge.

People of all ages and abilities can get involved and for those who don't want to take part in a physical activity there is the opportunity to bake, learn an instrument, hula-hoop, sing or do yoga.

All the money raised will help to support more disadvantaged and vulnerable young people to participate in the DofE programme.

The DofE award has grown at a fantastic rate within East Renfrewshire. We have more than 1,300 young people participating in all three award levels. DofE has helped develop our young people into well-motivated individuals ready to take on any challenge, both now and in the future. Our Young Person Services team that works with young people is encouraging locals to help raise money to enable more vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to benefit from being part of DofE. So why not set yourself a challenge that you can be proud of - be that an adventure, a skill or something personal - if it's a challenge for you then it counts. And you don't need to have done the Duke of Edinburgh Award to take part, anyone from any age can participate.
Paul Tulloch - Duke of Edinburgh Manager at East Renfrewshire Council

Our DofE award continues to go from strength to strength and I'm looking forward to seeing all the fantastic challenges that will be done as part of this Diamond Challenge. We are committed to providing the best opportunities for our young people to develop and progress, and DofE certainly plays an important part in that. This challenge will be great fun for everyone taking part and I'd urge as many people as possible to sign up.
Councillor Mary Montague - Convener of Community Services

Everyone who takes part in the challenge is asked to raise a minimum of £60 for the DofE Charity. Participants will receive a limited edition Diamond Challenge pin, t-shirt and certificate commemorating their achievement. It also costs £20 to participate in the day.Duke of Edinburgh 2 Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

This year the DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary, having helped to transform the lives of millions of young people in the UK and across the globe since it was founded in 1956.

Young Person Services deliver the DofE awards scheme to East Renfrewshire young people aged 14-24 years old. The awards provide a unique opportunity to help those involved grow as young adults, gaining valuable life experience while developing essential employability skills. Participants are responsible for setting their own challenges and learning practical skills which will help them when preparing for the world of work.

Locally there are 85 leaders, teachers, sessional staff and volunteers working within the award across eight secondary schools. The programme is developed and progressed with each young person's development and needs at the heart of everything they do.

The East Ren Diamond Challenge event takes place on Friday 25 November from 3-7pm at Eastwood High School, Newton Mearns, G77 6NQ. For more information and to sign up for the event, go to the Duke of Edinburgh website. If you are coming along to participate on the day please email Paul Tulloch and he will send you a time slot and more information.

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