The staff and players of the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy based in Edinburgh will be linking-up with the newly set up Doddie Weir 5 Foundation to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in mid-August.

Back in June Scotland legend Doddie Weir – the former British & Irish Lion who earned 61 caps for his country and is now an award-winning after-dinner speaker and MC – announced his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition for Global MND Awareness Day.

On Wednesday, August 16 at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill Campus the staff and players will attempt to lift 1 million kilos in the gym as fast as possible.

1 million kilos challenge

A spokesman for the group said: “As we know Doddie Weir has revealed he is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease.

“He is joining forces with researchers to help tackle the degenerative condition, which occurs when specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord stop functioning properly, and the staff and players are delighted to be partnering with his Foundation to help raise awareness and funds to support both Doddie and other sufferers across Scotland.”

“This will be staff and players starting at 1pm and working until the task completed. For context 1 million kilos is:

  • Two 747 jumbo jets
  •  18 army tanks
  •  20 Edinburgh Trams
  •  666 Ford Focus cars
  • 635 Scotland Squads

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