As the season comes to a close, Head of Foundation Marc Leckie looks back on three recent fundraising highlights
Harlequins Foundation is delighted to announce it has raised over £160,000 to support its work in delivering programmes tackling inequality and poor health.
"The funds raised this year have enabled us to deliver programmes that help increase the opportunities for girls to participate in rugby, improve the mental resilience of primary school children and university students, and provide programmes that support improvements in health and wellbeing", said Leckie.
"We have some really exciting development plans for next season when we will have a greater impact on not only our local communities but also working alongside Club affiliates such as Future Hope, and I look forward to sharing them with the Quins family in the next few months."
Below are three recent fundraising highlights of what has been another exceptional season for the Club's charitable arm as selected by the Harlequins Foundation itself.
The Harlequins Foundation receives a £10,000 donation in memory of supporter Richard Williamson
The Harlequins Foundation this week received a donation of £10,000 from the friends and family of Harlequins supporter Richard Williamson. Richard passed away unexpectedly 3 years ago and every year since Richard’s colleagues, friends and family have held a fundraising golf day in his memory. This year the proceeds, totalling £10,000, were kindly donated to the Harlequins Foundation.
An avid Quins supporter, Richard spent many happy hours watching from the stands with his friends and two daughters, whom he loved bringing to matches. He is missed by many but his friends and family hope that this donation will help those in need through the sport he was so passionate about.
The Harlequins Foundation is almost entirely funded by public donations and so would like to pass on their heartfelt thanks to Richard’s family and to everyone who contributed to making the golf day such a success.
Jamie Roberts Sells Stash for Cash
Departing Harlequin Jamie Roberts held an impromptu sale of three years-worth of Harlequins kit in the Kings Bar during half-time at our final Aviva Premiership match of the 2017/18 season against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
The Bath-bound player raised over £800 and donated all proceeds to the Harlequins Foundation – a classy gesture from the former British and Irish Lion.
Inaugural Rival Ride Success
A 50-strong team of cyclists, including Mel Deane, Olly Kohn, George Lowe, Mike Ross, Jordan Turner-Hall, Paul Volley and Jim Evans, rode over 100 miles from The Twickenham Stoop to Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, raising a total of over £22,000 for the Harlequins Foundation.
Departing on Friday 13th April, the peloton cycled 101 miles in a day to the Cotswolds for an overnight stay. On the following day, they cycled the remaining 25 miles to Kingsholm Stadium for the Aviva Premiership clash between Harlequins and Gloucester Rugby.
Former Harlequins second row Olly Kohn said: ‘It was fantastic to be part of a challenge with old team mates on a well-organised event to raise money for the Harlequins Foundation. It was a great experience”.
Leckie said: “We are incredibly grateful to all the participants that took part in the inaugural Rival Ride this year. The whole event was a real success, and although incredibly challenging, the camaraderie and sense of achievement felt by everyone was evident through the conversations I had during and after the ride.
“We plan to make this an annual event and look forward to welcoming more participants next year.”
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