Aboyne boy one of first to celebrate at D of E awards

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A young Deesider was one of the first pupils at Robert Gordon’s College to be awarded a Duke of Edinburgh Award at a recent ceremony.

Danny Tapper of Aboyne achieved his Bronze at the official ceremony held at the school’s MacRobert Hall on November 27.

This was the first event of its kind for the school, where pupils were presented with their awards.

The evening was attended by a variety of guests including Alex Cummings, the assistant director of the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, members of the Robert Gordon’s College Board of Governors, the College’s Senior Management Team and families of the pupils involved.

Mr Cummings presented the Gold awards to the two pupils who had impressively managed to complete their gold award in time for the event.

Guest speaker was Neil MacDonald, who talked about climbing Everest, explaining how he had conquered illness, adverse weather conditions and had even saved a man’s life on his mammoth expedition.

Neil’s daughter, Darcey (S1 pupil at the school) suffers from Type 1 (or Insulin Dependent) Diabetes and he has used his expeditions to fundraise for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). There was a collection organised on the night as a thank-you to Neil for his presentation, which raised £330.77 for JDRF.