At the start of a new year, our minds often turn towards getting fit and turning over a new leaf. Having dealt with recurrent lockdowns for the past eleven months, we were keen to get out into the fresh air and away from the cabin fever that has been catching. So we thought: why not raise money for a good cause at the same time?
This year we are pleased to say that our efforts contributed to the £1 million that was raised by Doddie AID in February this year.
Doddie Weir revealed his motor neurone disease diagnosis in 2017. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and improve life for people living with the disease. He has set numerous fundraising challenges, raising more than £7 million so far, and participated in drug trials
Julie Inglis, Director of KubeNet, and her baby daughter Grace, started raising money for Doddie AID as a get fit initiative in early January. The Inter-District exercise challenge began in January and ended on February 6th. Together they exceeded their goal to raise £500, raising a fantastic £1,060 overall.
“At the time of Doddie AID, Grace was 15 weeks old and as a long standing rugby supporter and fan of the amazing work Doddie Weir has undertaken, as both a player and his incredible fundraising, I wanted to play a part in raising funds whilst giving myself a kick start for fitness after having a baby. This challenge was something that was easy to do with Grace, as well as a fun initiative for the team to get involved in.
The fundraising ensured we managed to complete a few miles each day around work commitments regardless of the conditions, and it definitely made a difference knowing we had to do those miles in order to raise money for such a worthy cause.”
Soon, KubeNet Director Fraser Ferguson joined the effort alongside other KubeNet colleagues and friend Steven Scott from Penta Capital. We set off with a collective goal of completing 1500 miles by cycling, running and marching. As a whole, the team raised £4380, exceeding the original £2000 target.
We are absolutely delighted and want to thank everyone who has supported us!
It isn’t easy to keep smiling through difficulties but Doddie Weir has been our inspiration to do exactly that. Starting 2021 on a positive note was great for us as a team – and there will be many more positive things to look forward to as the year progresses.