One of Scotland’s most innovative and exciting leadership programmes for young people, The Polar Academy, recently hosted a fundraising dinner at Broomhall House. Braving Arctic temperatures, guests travelled from all over central Scotland to be greeted by a roaring log fire and champagne reception in the Great Hall.
Following an introduction from Lord Bruce who was hosting the evening, guests were taken on a tour of the treasures of the Bruce Family, including the maps and charts of the African explorer, James Bruce of Kinnaird, who discovered the source of the Blue Nile in 1770.
During dinner, the Leader of The Polar Academy, Craig Mathieson described how the initiative has evolved and how it is transforming lives of young people. Each participant endures a ten month rigorous training programme in preparation for the ten day expedition to the remotest parts of Greenland. “Their confidence soars with every step”, added Craig. Upon their return, each participant is expected to speak publicly about their experience, reaching a further 2,000 young people across Scotland. For every ten pupils taking part in the expedition, a further 20,000 young people, their families and their teachers are given a first-hand account of this life-enhancing experience.
The Polar Academy is operated as a charity, dependent on voluntary donations. Each expedition costs £200,000. In the Year of Young People 2018, The Bruce Family is delighted to be working with such a brilliant and inspirational team, and providing Broomhall House for such a worthwhile cause.
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