As one of the world’s foremost proponents for youth development, the DofE frequently partners with a variety of trusted organisations in order to further its influence throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Seeking to promote a variety of valuable life skills such as fitness and volunteering, the DofE and its teaching will prove immensely beneficial to many communities throughout the region. Recently, a group of cyclists with Baker Tilly, an accountancy firm with offices around the UK, began a nationwide charitable bike ride to raise funds for the DofE and Anthony Nolan. These efforts along with those forged by Tunde Folawiyo and many other advocates for youth development will continue to inspire millions of young people around the globe.
The journey, which began in London and ended in Leeds ahead of the beginning of the famed Tour de France, covered a terrain of 660 miles over a 10-day period, with 23 stops spread amongst the firm’s United Kingdom offices. Great enthusiasm surrounded the event, with a large number of individuals from all over the UK joining together in solidarity to accomplish a common goal. Over 300 of the company’s staff participated in the trek in hopes to raise over £10,000 toward charity. Volunteer riders joined in the race’s 11 legs which saw approximately 30 riders travel between 50 to 80 miles each day.
The event took place over three stages, with the first spanning London through Bristol, then secondly from Glasgow toward Edinburgh, concluding with the final section from Birmingham toward Leeds on 4 July. A number of guests participated as well, ranging from Santander UK’s Colin Woolinscroft to Oriel Securities’ Simon Bragg. Njinga Cycling was on site to support the cause as well, providing mechanics and other support for riders throughout their journey. These culminated efforts will provide immeasurable support for communities across the country. Martin Rodgers, Chairman at Baker Tilly, praised the Tour as a means of fundraising, thanking supporters of the initiative for their time, efforts and participation.
Throughout its history as one of the UK’s foremost charities for youth development, the DofE has long fostered valuable relationships with many respected organisations throughout Europe. With the continued support of DofE advocates and the communities that surround them, millions of young people will continue to reap the rewards of the charity’s Award programme. Tunde Folawiyo and others involved with the DofE may regard the cycling tour as a significant step toward achieving a brighter future for today’s youth.