My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
The Foundation is committed to helping improve the lives of those affected by Motor Neuron Disease. In 2017 Doddie revealed he was suffering from Motor Neuron Disease. Doddie Weir OBE is one of rugby’s most recognizable personalities. He earned 61 caps for Scotland during a successful playing career, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.
Why ExPD is involved?
Our Managing Director, Adrian Harris, says: “I have a further personal reason for supporting the MyName’5 Doddie Foundation, I had a great friend who lost his life to MND last year, at the age of 54 – my friend (my ‘go to’ best mate) left a massive hole in many people’s lives, not least his dear wife and their two beautiful children.“
Founded in 1988 as Working With Men, Future Men is a multi-award-winning specialist charity that supports boys and men along the path to becoming dynamic future men, whilst addressing the stereotypes around masculinity and engaging in the wider conversation of what it means to be a man. Through a front-line delivery of practice-led services, Future Men work with boys and men to help them become dynamic and healthy future men. From structured school programmes and youth hubs to individual one-to-one sessions and outreach work, we provide the vital support and advocacy that changes boys and men’s lives for the better.
#BigSmile are the UK’s first fully bespoke volunteering experience that builds sustainable communities that make a real difference.
The first build, in collaboration with The Footprints Foundation, will serve over 25,000 people, and is situated in Meadowlands, Soweto, Johannesburg. Our mission is to make a real and genuinely sustainable impact in underprivileged areas by understanding the needs and environment to develop skills and resources, allowing the community to prosper.
We aim to epitomise the Ubuntu way – a true African philosophy of ‘humanity toward others’ which creates a universal bond of sharing to connect and support humanity in the greatest way to make a real difference and leave a worth-while legacy in the world.