Sarah Dougherty of Grafton has fond memories of her Duke of Edinburgh Award missions in the 1990s.
Sarah Dougherty of Grafton has fond memories of her Duke of Edinburgh Award missions in the 1990s.

Sarah thrilled with Duke's program

PROUDLY displaying her framed certificates of bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards yesterday, Sarah Dougherty of Grafton was enthusing of the benefits the program had made to her.

"I learnt so many things that I still use today," she said.

It took Sarah three years to attain the three awards, between 1990 and 1992, with each grade requiring the completion of at least four sections: service, expeditions, skills and physical recreation - an extra component (residential project) for the gold.

Tasks completed included everything from volunteering at Grafton Base Hospital to camping on Susan Island and trekking through Washpool National Park - with all tasks evaluated by a team of Duke of Edinburgh assessors.

Sarah, who was excited the awards were celebrating their 50th year in Australia, said she'd encourage anyone between 16 and 24 to do the award.

She said the awards were open to people with disabilities and though she was not certain which organisations were sponsoring the awards locally, more info could be found at dukeofed.com.au.



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