The Gold Challenge presents a unique and exciting opportunity to try a variety of sports – many of which most people may have never tried or have not done since their school days, as well as being part of the excitement around the 2012 Olympics.
(PRWEB UK) 22 July 2011
The Gold Challenge is a unique opportunity for local people, of all ages and abilities, to experience and engage in up to thirty Olympic and Paralympic sports which will feature as part of the 2012 Olympic Games. Entry can be as part of a team or as an individual, with the aim of taking part in five, ten, 20 or 30 sports – which include judo, fencing, trampolining, table tennis, cycling and gymnastics - before 31 December 2012.
While undertaking these personal sporting challenges, participants can raise funds for Diverse Abilities Plus and as the only local Dorset-based independent charity taking part, it hopes to raise in excess of £100,000 with the help of the local community.
To date, companies that have signed up to the Gold Challenge have undertaken rowing, running, volleyball and wheelchair basketball. Other sports pledged to take part in include synchronised swimming, triathlon, trampolining and BMX.
Mark Powell, CEO at Diverse Abilities Plus, said: “The Gold Challenge presents a unique and exciting opportunity to try a variety of sports – many of which most people may have never tried or have not done since their school days, as well as being part of the excitement around the 2012 Olympics.
“As the only Dorset-based charity taking part in the Gold Challenge, we hope that more local people sign up for the Gold Challenge to raise money for us. The funds raised will help the charity’s on-going work providing a range of assistance, support and education services for young people and adults with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities.”
Diverse Abilities Plus has nearly 200 adult and family team spaces available. Mark added: “I urge willing participants to sign up and get started on their Gold Challenge, and to help spread the word about our involvement.”
For more information or to contact Diverse Abilities Plus please visit http://www.diverseabilitiesplus.org.uk or call 01202 718266. For more information about the Gold Challenge visit http://www.goldchallenge.org
Diverse Abilities Plus is a charity that has been supporting children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and associated disabilities working in the County of Dorset, England for 55 years. The charity provides a range of assistance, support and education services for young people aged two to 19, adults and families. Services include:
- Langside School – independent, non maintained specialist day school for children and young people from the age of two to 19 years who have PMLD (profound and multiple learning disabilities). It’s one of only 19 similar SEN (special education needs) schools in the UK.
- Smithers – provides overnight and day short breaks. Short breaks help families manage the challenges of providing full time care for their child. A visit can be during the day or a ‘sleep over’ allowing the child to make and meet friends and relax and enjoy themselves.
- Shapes – provides home support (domiciliary care) for children and young people aged between two and 18 with individually tailored programs.
- Project My Time – provides child-led holiday activities that give young people with disabilities the same leisure and fun opportunities that their peers enjoy.
- Barnabas – a well equipped day setting for adults. Adults can learn new skills and enjoy a wide range of experiences.
- Supported living – this service is for people who live in their own home but may need up to 24/7 support.
- Disability Wessex - offers assistance with disability benefits for people with disabilities or chronic and acute health conditions and their families or carers, as well as the parents of disabled children.
- Play Opportunities - supports families with disabled children to have a chance to get out and enjoy themselves with other families in similar situations.
- Awesome Days and Awesome Nights – A youth group, set up and run by young people of all abilities, aged between 13 - 19 years.
- Face 2 Face – a free and confidential network of trained volunteer befrienders, who support parents to make positive adjustments to the news that their child has a disability or additional need. Every Face2Face befriender is a parent whose own child has a disability. They know what it's like to cope with a new diagnosis and can offer support parent to parent.
The charity was founded in 1955 by Mrs Phyllis Edwards who formed a group of parent’s intent on providing better opportunities for their children with physical and learning disabilities.
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