Hoppers Back DoddieAid 2023!

Date: 27 December 2022

Looking for a New Year’s resolution, motivation to get fit and a chance to raise money for a great cause?

Here’s a chance to do all 3.  Following the sad death of Doddie Weir last month, Rob Wainwright has written to the club to ask us to promote DoddieAid.   Starting in January it encourages people to undertake 6 weeks of exercise, log their activity on an app and raise money for Motor Neurone Disease. Scotland international, Lion and great friend of Doddie Weir, Rob created Doddie Aid which culminates in the Doddie 555 cycle ride from Cardiff to Edinburgh delivering the match ball for the Scotland v Wales 6 Nations game.  Hoppers were privileged to host a feed station for last season’s event.

Rob wrote

“Doddie Aid is a mass participation exercise event, where we are looking to get as many people as possible to sign up (for just £20) to 6 weeks of exercise and recording of their miles for their team. In its 3rd year, we have raised £2million up till now and had 30,000 people take part. There are 6 regions they can choose from, Wales, the Baabaas (everyone else/ROTW), Edinburgh, Glasgow, The South and then the North and Mids of Scotland. With the tragic loss of our figurehead 10 days ago, this year is even more poignant, and we want to make it bigger than ever. If we get 50,000 taking part, that is another £2 million for MND research as we hunt for solutions to this awful disease.”

Getting signed up is really easy.

  • Download the Doddie Aid App
  • Choose the Barbarians Team (representing England and the rest of the world)
  • Search and Join the ‘Hoppers’ league
  • Donate a minimum of £20 and receive a free snood!

The activities start on January 1st and any activity counts, rughy, walking, cycling, gym, swimming, exercise classes etc all can be converted to miles and logged.

Let’s see if we can get the Barbarians and Hoppers to the top of the DoddieAid league!



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