Challenge of a Lifetime

Our Chief Operating Officer, Dr Rona Mackenzie, is to embark upon the challenge of a lifetime in order to support dynamic local innovators. Rona has pledged to climb the highest points in each of the seven continents of the world, starting with Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2019.

She will be joining renowned ultramarathon runner and author, Charlie Engle, who will be pushing the human body’s physical and mental limitations to the limits in his dream of becoming the first person to climb from the lowest point – the depths of the dead sea – to the highest – the tip of Mount Everest – in each of the seven continents of the world on a global adventure spanning several years. Charlie will free dive, swim, run, cycle, and climb his way across multiple countries to raise funds for www.green.organd will be joined by Rona on each of the seven climbs.

David Fowkes is generously supporting D3IT through the creation of a unique, handmade piece of jewellery for each of the seven climbs. For this first adventure, David has chosen tanzanite, a gemstone only found in Tanzania. It has been hand-cut in Germany and flown to the UK where David has designed a stunning pendant. It will be hand manufactured by his Goldsmiths at Thoresby and will accompany Rona on her climbing adventure.

All funds raised by Rona will support a new charity, D3IT, launched to help support local people deliver creative, innovative and dynamic projects and achieve their dreams in a balanced and sustainable way.David has generously offered to donate a percentage of the sale of the tanzanite pendant to the D3IT charity.

Watch this page to read the development of the David Fowkes pendant from rough gemstone to exquisite pendant! Full details of the charity and Rona’s adventures can be found on Instagram @D3_IT.


Rona and David with gemstone


From concept.
To reality.