Rugby Against Cancer is a charity set up to aid the rugby family who have been diagnosed with cancer, and their families. Now, over £5,000 into their latest campaign, ‘Trek To Twickers’, they look to push on to their £7500 target.
Who are Rugby Against Cancer?
Founded by a rugby player and assisted by four more who now make up the committee of trustees, they help those within the rugby community who have been affected by cancer.
Aaron, the founder, has played rugby in Portsmouth for around six/seven years.
Telling his story, Aaron said, “I know five people who have or have had cancer that is involved in these [local] clubs and I’ve seen how it has affected these people and those who know them.
“I’ve also had very close family and friends who have had cancer and I have seen first-hand the effect that this awful cancer has on them, their family and their friends. I have been thinking about how to raise valuable funds for local and some national cancer charities and it just clicked…rugby.
“The rugby community truly is amazing and pulls together to help others where needed, so that got me thinking, could I use rugby to help raise funds for these charities? Well, the answer is YES. So, I have decided to call on the rugby family to help me raise as much money for these amazing charities so they can continue their amazing work.
“It started as a small idea but who knows how big this could get.”
— Rugby Against Cancer (@CancerRugby) August 3, 2020
‘Trek To Twickers’
On Friday 14 August, until Saturday 15 of August 2020, 13 walkers will take on a 71-mile walk in a target of 26 hours.
The walkers will begin outside of Twickenham on Friday morning via Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon and we will finish at Canoe Lake, Southsea, to a welcome by family, friends, and supporters.
Updates will be on their social media throughout the walk, check it out @CancerRugby.
This fundraising event is being completed to help raise funds and much needed awareness for Rugby Against Cancer and their nominated charity, Breast Cancer Now.
Big name ambassadors
Rugby Against Cancer has gathered support from some of the game’s top tier players. Bristol Bears player Joe Batley is an ambassador having been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Harlequins forward Joe Gray has also got involved recently, chatting to Aaron about his experiences of a family member battling with cancer.
See the full video here.
How to donate
With less than £2000 to go until the target is met, here’s how you can donate.
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