To celebrate 60 years of the Duke of Ed, HRH The Countess of Wessex is cycling with a team of seven people 445 miles from from Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh to Buckingham Palace in London in seven days. She is raising money through the DofE Diamond Challenge for the UK Award’s work with disadvantage and vulnerable young people.
Before her training, The Countess had never been on a road bike before. When speaking to Rhiannon Mills of Sky News she admitted that she feels "Nervous, very nervous. Quite terrified." That is the crux of the Diamond Challenge. While her biking is a money raising effort, it is also an extension of an Award that encourages you to rise above your fears to excel in areas that you’ve yet to explore. It is through these new challenges that we discover the most about ourselves as individuals.
The team at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada would like to wish HRH The Countess of Wessex the best of luck on her travels, and we would also like to personally thank her for rising to the challenge. The Duke of Ed is a program that relies heavily on donations and on funding efforts such as this bike ride. However, the Award is so much more than money to thousands of youth who want to leave a mark on this world. To earn the Award, youth, like The Countess must step up to their own challenge. When it comes to the Duke of Ed, you get out of it what you put into it. We are inspired by Sophie’s courage, and tenacity. We hope you are too. On behalf of all of the participants and staff in Canada, we wish you safe and successful travels!
The Countess begins her ride today, and finishes lunchtime on Sunday, September 25th.
For her efforts, she has already raised over £100,000 for the DofE. Visit her donation page here, and learn more about the challenge here.