Inspired by his admirable initiative, Parkdean Resorts has pledged to sponsor Oliver Lewis, a 12-year-old boy scout from Poole, a sum of £2,000 towards his travels after being selected to represent Dorset at the 2023 World Scout Jamboree in South Korea.
The World Scout Jamboree is an international festival that brings together scouts from around the world to find out about each other’s cultures, learn new skills and take part in exploratory activities together.
To raise the £5,000 needed for his journey next year, Oli has been organising a number of activities, including charity raffles, scout events and auctions across Dorset, and documenting his activities on his Facebook page. His big fundraising event, The Great Dorset Bike Ride is taking place on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August and will see Oli cycle between 18 scout halls in Dorset, covering approximately 80 miles, over the two-day period.
In support of The Great Dorset Bike Ride, Warmwell Holiday Park near Weymouth, which is owned by Parkdean Resorts, will be providing Oli and his family with well-deserved refreshments and treats at the park to celebrate his fundraising cycle.
Neil Dowthwaite, General Manager, Warmwell Holiday Park, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be supporting Oli with his fundraising efforts and can’t wait to cheer him on during The Great Dorset Bike Ride as he reaches his campsite near Warmwell Holiday Park on Saturday.”
Steve Richards, Chief Executive of Parkdean Resorts, said: “We always want to create a positive social impact and support initiatives that make a real difference to those who live in our local communities. Oli’s resourcefulness and passion are admirable, and he is an exceptional example for young people across the UK. We’re delighted to be able to support him and his family with his fundraising efforts and wish him every success with his bike ride.”
One of the key themes of World Scout Jamboree 2023 is sustainability, and Oli’s charity cycle aims to not only raise sponsorship money, but also promote sustainable travel and encourage young people to go outside and explore the countryside during the summer holidays.