Schoolboys raise funds for da Vinci challenge

The boys set off to cycle to school
The boys set off to cycle to school

Robert Smith and Stephen McCormick, both age 13, recently raised £453.50 for their da Vinci Club at Douglas Ewart High School, by cycling the 18 miles from their home town of Whithorn to Newton Stewart.

The boys say they would like to thank everyone who has supported them and enabled them to raise this amazing amount which will contribute towards what is needed to take part in the forthcoming residential decathlon in October, to be held in Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries.

Their team will compete against other schools from across the Dumfries and Galloway region, the winning team will get to travel to Italy in 2017 to compete at the International Challenge event.

The Douglas Ewart High school da Vinci club have other events arranged to raise more money to allow the whole team of eight to take part. A bingo night is to be held in the Douglas Ewart High School Hall on Friday 30th September at 6.30pm. Six players per table and only £6 entry per table which includes refreshments. £1 for a raffle book. Fantastic prizes to be won so please contact the school on 01671 403773 to book your table! In addition, the da Vinci Club will be undertaking a read-a-thon at Wigtown Book Festival and will read from Roald Dahl’s fantastic books (as it’s his 100th birthday year) throughout Saturday 1st October in the cinema on the top floor of the County Buildings in Wigtown, from 9am till 5pm. Any donations will be gratefully received by the team, they do hope they’ll be well supported.

The da Vinci Decathlon Challenge engages young people in highly complex challenges which encourages excellence and extensive use of higher order thinking skills, team work, time management and creativity, based upon 10 disciplines that Leonardo da Vinci is famous for and inextricably linked with. See more at