On Monday 4th April Edinburgh University Men’s Rugby Football Club were hugely honoured to be in the presence of one of the few living British and Irish Lions winning captains, Finlay Calder who accepted a £4,000 donation to the Doddie Weir Foundation at the Playfair Library, Edinburgh University.
The Men’s Rugby Club were inspired to support the foundation after watching Doddie and his sons delivered the Match Ball at Murrayfield ahead of Scotland’s Autumn Test against New Zealand. Working together with their network of alumni, committee and players, the club organised an Alumni Dinner Event on the eve of the Calcutta Cup, 23rd February 2018. A hugely successful auction was held, raffling a variety of sporting tickets and memorabilia, including the bespoke 160th Anniversary Edinburgh University Men’s Rugby Shirt, featuring the University Tartan.
The club then held a Man O Man event which saw players auctioned to the room as waiters for the evening, bringing the total raised to a fantastic £4000 to help aid research into Motor Neurone Disease.
Club Captain James Carson said ‘I am extremely proud of our club, our committee, our alumni and our supporters in this fundraising effort. We were honoured to watch Doddie and his sons deliver the Match Ball in the Autumn Tests at Murrayfield and we decided to spend our year raising money to help such an important cause, and hopefully help in some way to find a cure. Thank you to everyone who supported us, we could not have done this alone’