My Activity Tracking
My target 805 kms
I’m fundraising for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
For more than six decades, the DofE has empowered young people to develop skills for work and life, to become more confident and resilient, to make new friends and give back to others. The DofE was set up to support young people as nations rebuilt and reinvented themselves in the decade after the second world war. Now, the world is about to do the same again following the coronavirus pandemic. The charity has predicted a £5 million deficit this year as a result of Covid-19 so I’m taking on the virtual DofE Adventure to transform the prospects of the COVID generation and support the DofE at a crucial time. With hundreds of thousands of young people doing their DofE across the UK, the charity has a critical role to play in this crisis and beyond; to be there for young people who need it most when they need us most. There has never been a more important time to support young people in the UK.
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Please Donate!Saturday 19th Sep
September updateSaturday 5th Sep
I had grandiose intentions of doing a couple updates throughout August, but I never got around to it. Probably because I was so busy getting steps in! In my sitting hours, I completed training for the Google Certified Educator Level 2 test. It paid off: I passed.
Speaking of intentions (this clause is dedicated to Brayden), my initial intention was to cover 1,000 km over the months of August and September. It sounded challenging but doable. Then, depending on which country you're in, I did the maths or math. One thousand kilometres equates to over 16 km a day. Considering I'm back at work now, this probably isn't realistic. I feel a little deflated but it's like me to bite off more than I can chew (and numbers aren't my thing) so I'd like to set a goal that I can achieve.
So... my new goal is to cover at least 805 km (500 miles). I'd also like to raise £805 (if you're not good with numbers either, that's £1 for every km covered) to support young people in their Duke of Edinburgh adventures. I was involved in extracurricular activities at school, and for me, they enhanced my experience. I also suffered with some mental health issues last fall and exercise has been key in getting my mind right. Children have suffered without the safety of school and when they return to classrooms on Monday, we'll begin to discover the extent of this trauma. The Duke of Edinburgh Award, for many, will be their saving grace. They'll learn skills, make friends and create memories.
I thoroughly enjoyed lockdown: with the gyms closed, I started running again; we built a home gym; I learned how to edit videos; I communicated with my niblings more often; once I could buy flour, I ate my weight in banana bread... I will look back on 2020 favourably (especially if there's Eagles games). I know that my experience is not a shared one. As a teacher, lockdown made the difference between the haves and have nots frighteningly apparent. It served as a reminder that teaching is more than instilling knowledge - another important job I have as an educator is to keep children safe... and that's really hard to do remotely.
The tabulation for August comes in at just over 420 kilometres which puts me on track to complete over 800 km for this challenge. Our students return to school on Monday. I'm looking forward to welcoming students back on Monday. I know they're going to love my Eagles masks (thanks Mom). Those who participate in DofE will appreciate my steps and your support. So thank you for any donation you can make.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Rachel M Stewart
Alix And Mark Birks
Mrs Katie Pleasant