Bo’ness beat Covid-19 to raise cash for Doddie Weir charity

Bo’ness Rugby Club refused to let Covid-19 stop its fundraising efforts this year, by re-arranging events to raise thousands for charity.

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 6:51 am
The players on their Murrayfield walk. Donate: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/bo039ness-rugby-ben-nevis-climb

The club had originally planned to take all 22 players up Ben Nevis six months ago to raise money for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, but those plans were scrapped due to the pandemic.

Instead of putting it off until next year the team decided to come together and complete a virtual challenge, walking around the Six Nations’ stadiums Murrayfield, Twickenham, Stadio Olimpico, Stade De France, Principality and Aviva. This would cover a total of 3,474 miles and take four months to complete.

Mark MacDonald from the club said: “Halfway through the restrictions started to lift and we managed to put on an event called Pedalo 4 Doddie. As a team we used six pedalos on the lagoon at Helix Park and managed to do 200 laps, covering 100 miles. ““The event attracted the attention of Scotland grand slam winners Sean Lineen & Iwan Tukalo, along with Scottish International Alex Moore and local legends, Ian Wallace and Nicola Garforth who all put on a life jacket and completed a lap or two.

“Everyone had a fantastic day along with raising an incredible £700 from the one event.

“We have had immense support throughout, with videos from Doddie Weir, Scott Hastings, David SiSi, Jonny Petrie, Leo Cullen and Murray McCallum. As well as social media shout outs from Pro14 clubs across Europe spurring us on and keeping us on track.”

Last Saturday the players embarked on a 20-mile walk from Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh back home to Bo’ness Rugby Club.

Before leaving they were greeted by Under 20s Scotland coach Sean Lineen and wife Lynne who waved them off and wished them well.

On the 5th of September, seven players attended Murrayfield stadium where they embarked on a 20 mile walk back home to Bo’ness Rugby Club.

Mark added: “It was a physically and mentally challenging walk, but they kept spirits high by sharing live video updates and stopping for a quick halfway pint.

“They were greeted by friends and family arriving back at Bo’ness Rugby Club after walking for just under seven hours bringing in the end of our challenge.

“It has been an incredible experience and the club has managed to raise £3,400 for My Name’5 Doddie, which will go towards supporting the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.

“There have been many people to thank from everyone who put in miles, the support from the local community and businesses, and the rugby community. So thank you to everyone supporting us.

“However, it is not over, we still plan on walking Ben Nevis to complete our journey which will take place on a very special day, Doddies birthday, the 4th of July 2021.”

You can donate at https://uk.gofundme.com/f/bo039ness-rugby-ben-nevis-climb.