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Our Social Impact:

Improved Physical Health and Fitness
Social value of approximately $1.2 million.

Through the Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey sections of the Award, young people (and supporting adults) become more exposed to physical activities.  This gives them the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves physically and mentally to complete a demanding journey with their peers.

The social value attributed to improved physical health and fitness is therefore estimated at:

Physical health benefits for Award Holders due to the Adventurous Journey = $ 800,000

Physical health benefits for Award Holders due to Activity Based Gold Residential Projects = $ 96,000

Physical health benefits for adults due to the Adventurous Journey = $ 364,000


More about this Mahi:

William is just finishing is Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. He lives with cerebral palsy (mainly on the left side of his body), which is a condition that means that he has reduced strength and control of the muscles. In 2016, William qualified and competed for New Zealand at the Rio Paralympic Games. Click here to read more about William

Hamish Gilbert is Year 13 student, a Special Olympics Athlete and is currently working towards his Award. Hamish recently presented an inspiring speech, outlining his journey with the Award. Click here to listen/watch his speech. 


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