And many of those came together last week for the Doddie 88 Challenge, which includes a 65km course and 23km walk from Carter’s Bar on the Scottish Borders to the famous Doddie statue in Murrayfield over the course of just two days (Thursday 16 March and Friday 17 March) .
Fundraisers have already raised over £20,000 for the cause, and hope to reach £88,000 in memory of their former colleague and friend.
Scrum-half Andy Nicol, who earned 23 caps for Scotland, including winning the famous Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield in 2000, and was also a member of two Lions tours in 1993 and 2001, said: “Doddie was a force of nature when he was on the field. alive so we are obligated to preserve this legacy now that it is no longer with us.
“I was blown away by his dedicated approach to his diagnosis. It was never about Doddie, it was all about helping others, and he was angry that there was only one drug developed over 20 years to help people deal with MND.
“I don’t think MND had a voice in 2016, Doddie changed that, and his most powerful legacy, not only is the nearly £8m raised, it’s that MND has a voice now.”
“It will be amazing to reconnect with the boys I had such an incredible experience with 35 years ago and keep Doddie’s legacy going. Doddie was an inspiration when he was alive, and has remained so after his death. He was a great player, a great man and a huge inspiration to millions.”
Gary Keinhard, captain of the 1988 Tour, is the driving force behind the Doddie 88 Challenge, and is enjoying captaining the team once again.
He said: “It’s great that so many members of 88 have come together for Doddie.
“Teammates flying in from France, Singapore, Gibraltar, Australia and Canada – it’s incredible. I can totally understand why they came; it was a special tour, with special people, and at the center of it was the wonderful Doddie Weir. I was proud of the guys leading at the time, and having Doddie is a team mate, which made the tour so much fun.
“Doddie has been the kind of person to run by your side in your time of need. Although we are not as fit as we once were, we are steadfastly determined to get Doddie back by making a transformation that raises as much cash as possible for MND.”
Half dollar fly academy Gary Sisman died tragically in a 1992 aviation accident.
Added Keinhard, “Gary was an amazing outdoor half and a great tourist. Our thoughts are always with his family as we remember two fallen friends.”
to donate to the Doddie 88 Challenge; visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/doddie88
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