Based from Ipswich Rugby Club, the ALL4MND Charity Cycling Challenge is a noble and inspiring charity venture initiated by a group of old rugby friends who have been moved by the stories of rugby legends Doddie Weir, Rob Burrow and Ed Slater, who have battled with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The venture aims to raise funds and awareness for MND charities, particularly The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and the 4ED Campaign.
The inspiration for this challenge came from witnessing Rob Burrow at a testimonial match, holding his three children, surrounded by his best friends and teammates - an emotional moment which has driven the team to take on an epic cycling challenge from Ipswich Rugby Club to Melrose Rugby Club - home club of Doddie Weir - in Scotland. The journey will span four consecutive days, with each day covering 100 miles.
With a goal of raising an impressive £400,000 for MND charities, contributing to the fight against the disease and making a difference in the lives of those affected, the 40-strong team will face not only a physical, but also emotional, test during training and the event itself.
The charity venture, taking place from 12th to 16th September 2023, seeks to rally the rugby world and inspire support for their noble cause. Through their dedication and determination, they hope to motivate others to be better friends and join the fight against MND, a disease that could impact anyone.
I’d like to wish my teammates (and myself!) good luck on this epic challenge - I hope we aren't too sore on our return!
To support and donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/all4mnd40
To learn more about this initiative or contribute to the fundraising efforts, visit www.all4mnd.com