Charities and supporters
Without whom there would be no ride
The charities we support:
Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most recognisable personalities. He earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.
A talented, committed and athletic lock forward, Doddie is now facing his biggest challenge. In June 2017 the Scot revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. From the outset, Doddie has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease. In November 2017 Doddie and his Trustees launched the registered charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Its aims are simple:
To raise funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and investigate potential cures.
To make grants to individuals suffering from MND, to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.
To raise funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and investigate potential cures. To make grants to individuals suffering from MND, to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible. With your support, you will help Doddie and the Trustees make a difference to the lives of those coping and battling with Motor Neurone Disease.
During the course of operations, many young men and women suffer horrific injuries. When our wounded return home they face a very different future to the one they had planned, with challenges they never imagined.
Needless to say, they meet this uncertainty with the same courage and determination that they demonstrated on the front line. But it is a long road to recovery, and for many their future outside the Armed Forces in unsure.
Our wounded don't want pity and sorrow, but they do need support.
Walking With The Wounded finance new qualifications, courses and further education for our injured. It enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and return to the workplace creating for themselves and their families a secure and stable future.
In 2013, WWTW funded over 500 Wounded through educational programmes.
In 2013 WWTW funded 5 different programmes aimed at supporting Wounded back to work.
WWTW created the First Steps Bursary Scheme designed to provide the Wounded with access to formal education, vocational or skills based learning with the specific aim of gaining qualifications and/or experience necessary to make a successful transition from military to civilian life and in so doing re-integrate into the work place.
WWTW has raised awarenes nationally for the Wounded community and demonstrated the potential for all those living with disability.
WWTW aims to raise £20 million by 2018.
Through the power of rugby every child and young person, no matter what their background has access to the same opportunities.
To positively transform the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children and young people across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby.
We are inspired by our rugby roots. Passion, Integrity, Teamwork and Fun drive everything we do.
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, we fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since our founding in 1983, we’ve distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.
The purposes of NZ Foundation for Conductive Education are:
To promote and raise the profile of Conductive Education
To promote cooperation between the groups providing Conductive Education
To advocate for those involved with Conductive Education
To network with the disability community
To facilitate research into Conductive Education
To promote standards for Conductive Education in New Zealand
To support the establishment of new Conductive Education Centres throughout New Zealand where there is an identified need
One of our supporters Sir Ian McGeechan, speaking before our ride from Melbourne to Sydney in 2013: