Patrick gets ready to take part in Wild UK
by JENNY MONROE
Davidson (centre) from the
Prince's Trust Northern
Ireland starts training for
the Capgemini Wild UK
Challenge, along with his
colleagues Orla McCarron,
Aodhán Connolly and Pauline
A DUNMURRY man will be getting on his bike to
help change young lives.
Patrick Davidson, Manager of the Team
programme at the Prince's Trust Northern Ireland, and four
colleagues, will be pushing themselves to the limit by taking on
the Capgemini Wild UK Challenge from 5-7 September.
They will be competing against other teams in
the challenge of strength and wits across one hundred miles of
Somerset and Devon over two and a half days.
The challenge involves hill trekking, on and
off road biking and kayaking, before finishing with a sea swim
on the South Devon coast. Not only will their physical fitness
be put to the test, but there will also be some mystery
challenges along the way that will stretch their mental
determination. Patrick feels all that will be worth it if they
raise enough money to help more young people believe in
"The main battle in the Team programme is
helping the young people to know they are worth something. Once
they see that the Team leaders believe in them, the confidence
they have in themselves grows and their lives start to change,"
The money they raise will pay for five young
people to take part in the Prince's Trust Northern Ireland's
Team programme; a twelve-week personal development programme
that enables young people to develop confidence, motivation and
skills through teamwork in the community.
The majority of team participants are
unemployed, and through completing this programme find work or
enter full time education or training. In order to raise these
much needed life changing funds Patrick and the team will be
organising a series of fundraising events, from bag packs to
If you would like to support the Prince's
Trust NI's efforts please log onto
www.justgiving.com/theprincestrustwildchallenge. If you are
interested in taking on your own team challenge for the Prince's
Trust, there are many challenges available in a wide range of
locations, from Somerset to South Africa, on foot, bike, or
horse back; there is something for everyone. Contact 9075 8119
for further information.