Two lucky individuals participating in our Duke of Edinburgh Award (DOE) program had the chance to meet Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, during SA Youth Week.
The Queen’s youngest son visited Salisbury as part of his National Tour to attend the Commonwealth Games and promote the DOE Award scheme, named after his father Prince Philip, more than 60 years ago.
DOE participants Aria and Travis, our CEO Graham Brown and staff from our Youth, Education and Training Services watched and waited in great anticipation for His Royal Highness to grace the Twelve25 Salisbury Youth Enterprise Centre with his presence.
Although he admits he found it ‘daunting’, Travis says he felt ‘honoured for the once in a life time opportunity’ to meet Prince Edward and share his achievements with him.
“For many of our young people, the DOE has been a life changing program; providing them with amazing opportunities to challenge themselves and develop new skills,” says Education, Employment and Training Manager, Nerissa Tiss.
The meeting with His Royal Highness boosted the pride and confidence of the young people and increased their connection with our DOE program.
Baptist Care SA’s DOE Award program challenges students to engage in the community, participate in physical activity and go on an adventurous journey.
The program portfolio helps students learn about overcoming difficulties, building confidence and resilience, and taking responsibility for their choices.