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100 World Legends Charity Project Launched

After the past 5 years getting the idea of a charity Legends project underway, our attentions have moved from doing our own charity tournaments in the UK and helping local charities to a bigger project.

Around the world there are many countries where rugby is in its infancy and where the appearance of a Legends team at a local vets tournament or even a demonstration Southern Hemisphere V Northern Hemisphere 15s game would promote the sport and get local and multinational companies involved, while just as importantly raising a substantial sum of money for local children’s charities.

We have recently come back from a trial event in Bangkok, where the basis of the project has been built.  It is worth reading David Corkery’s thoughts on the recent trip.

It is now our intention to try and get larger multinational companies to support this project, but we want to build up support from 100 top players who will support the aims and the project.

We have pulled together interested players representing most major countries that play rugby and we hope to build the number to include 10 or 12  ex-international players from each of the major rugby nations plus a few from other countries who will take part and play with in the Vet tens tournaments or in the 15s arranged games.   We will also have 2 retired / injured players from each country who would join us and help on the touchline or act as ambassadors.

So there would be 12 from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Islands, South Africa, France and players from the rest of Europe and North and South America.

The idea of 100 top players joining the “100 World Legends” project would have a great impact with potential sponsors and do so much good for small childrens charities in the world and promote rugby in the countries where a positive impact can be made.  At the same time, it provides a great experience in countries like Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand, etc.

As this project progresses and develops, there will be great sponsorship and advertising opportunities for all businesses from small local businesses to international corporations.

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Irish Women Rugby Star Grace Davitt Joins the 100 World Legends

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Joining the 100 World Legends Ambassadors trip to Hong Kong over the Hong sevens to promote the new Legends Hong Kong October weeks events. and raising money for the Lao Child Fund Pass it Back programmes., is Grace Davitt

She was in Ireland’s 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup squad in France. also played in two previous World Cup’s in 2006 and 2010. Davitt was a member of the 2013 Women’s Six Nations Championship team. she won over 50 Caps for Ireland and has recently retired. She will be extremely helpful with the various plans we have for helping Lao Rugby as over 65% of players in Lao are girls. and Grace is the first Women Rugby Legends to join our project

Come and get involved. for sponsorship and advertising oppurtunities email me at rugbyvets@hotmail.copm

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100 World Legends Ambassadors pay the foundations for future projects to help Lao Rugby Federation and Child Fund Pass it Back programmes

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The 100 World Legends Ambassadors Frank Bunce, Paddy Johns and Junior Paramore Tour Laos

Vientiane, 19 February, 2018: The Lao Rugby Federation is excited to announce the success of the 100 World Legends’ tour to Laos in February, 2018, featuring retired international rugby players Paddy Johns of Ireland, Junior Paramore of Samoa, and Frank Bunce of New Zealand. With the support of DAC Management LLC, Cairnhill Structures, ProjecX, and Gemini 1765, the Legends engaged players, coaches and officials across youth and club rugby and leadership development in Laos, bringing rugby knowledge and international recognition to the sport.

In line with the 100 World Legends’ goal of providing retired rugby legends opportunities to continue contributing to the game they love, the impact that Paddy Johns, Frank Bunce, and Junior Paramore have had on rugby in Laos is already being felt throughout the Lao Rugby community. The Legends began their tour to Laos by participating in the 2018 DHL Vientiane International Rugby Championship as both players and guest coaches. While the former internationals certainly impressed on the pitch, their work to bring profile and sponsorship support to the LRF’s Champa Ban Youth programme and to act as guest coaches for youth teams during the competition provided impressive support to Lao players and leaders of the game during the competition.

In addition to acting as players and guest coaches for the junior club sides at the 2018 DHL Vientiane International Rugby Championship, the three Legends attended the 2018 Legends’ Welcome, an event held the night of 3 February and attended by numerous LRF supporters from Vientiane, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and beyond. At the 2018 Legends’ Welcome, the Legends discussed their visit to Laos and heard updates from Lao Rugby staff regarding the ongoing growth of rugby in Laos. Finally, the LRF was excited to premier the 2017 Year in Review video, displaying the numerous successes ofLao Rugby in 2017 and currently available on Youtube (English: http://bit.ly/2Bz9Rr7; Lao: http://bit.ly/2ED7pCB).

Following the conclusion of the 2018 DHL Vientiane International Rugby Championship, the Legends joined a trip to rural Xieng Khouang Province to support the LRF’s Champa Ban powered by ChildFund Pass It Back youth rugby programme. Over the course of three days, the Legends attended a Champa Ban powered by ChildFund Pass It Back youth rugby competition, led a rugby training at a local school, and observed a Champa Ban powered by ChildFund Pass It Back session where Lao Rugby coaches utilized the unique rugby and life skills curriculum that was developed in Xieng Khouang Province. The Legends also attended a film screening at the Mines Advisory Group and visited the Plain of Jars, learning more about the history of the area and experiencing firsthand theimportance of expanding rugby in Xieng Khouang Province.

In addition to sharing their playing and coaching skills with the Lao Rugby community, each of the Legends secured a sponsor for an LRF Champa Ban powered by ChildFund Pass It Back team for the 2018 season.

ProjecX sponsored Frank Bunce to make the trip to Laos and the Vientiane Little Bears to participate in one year of the ChildFund Pass It Back rugby and life skills curriculum. Thanks to Cairnhill Structures, Junior Paramore could travel to Laos and Vientiane P & T can also participate in a year of the LRF’s Champa Ban powered by ChildFund Pass It Back program. DAC’s support for Paddy Johns made his trip to Laos possible and makes it possible for the Vientiane Little Bees, Vientiane Petsahkat, and Vientiane B-Boys teams to participate in a year of rugby and life skills programming. Gemini 1765 also supported the Legends’ visit and the Vientiane Wolf Knights team to participate in one year of the ChildFund Pass It Back curriculum content and competitions as part of the LRF’s Champa Ban youth rugby programme.

Not only did the Legends help in securing the sponsors for the teams and for more than 50 young players to participate in a year of rugby but over the course of the tour, Paramore, Bunce, and Johns were able to see firsthand the impact that rugby is having on communities in Laos. Thanks to the support of the 100 World Legends, ProjecX, Cairnhill Structures, DAC, and Gemini 1765, the Lao Rugby Federation has experienced an uptick in global recognition paired with the financial support needed to sustain the ongoing growth of rugby in Laos. The Lao Rugby Federation would like to thank Junior Paramore, Frank Bunce, Paddy Johns, and the 100 World Legends organization for their generosity and passion for the development of rugby in Laos and looks forward to future engagements with the charity project and to continuing the Champa Ban work for the teams participating each week in Laos thanks to the Legends and their sponsors .

The 100 World Legends plans for next year will be to sponsor a total of 30 Pass It back programmes. and Help Lao Rugby Federation to continue their great work and extend their programmes into other regions of Laos.

We will be taking a total of 20 High profile players with us in 2019. and will be looking for Business sponsors to get involved and sponsor one or more Pass t back programmes., at a cost of £2000- which covers the cost for a entire year for that village/area programme.  so much good work can be achieved with so little,

to get involved email me at rugbyvets@hotmail.com

 

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Come and Join of Charity Social World Legends in Dubai and help raise money for our supported charity

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COME AND JOIN US IN DUBAI 28th Nov to 3rd December

We have 5 playing places for over 35s Rugby players who want to come and join us for a fantastic Rugby tour 2 days maybe 3 days of playing rugby in the sun

Spend 5 Days with our World Legends, of Rugby  and play against some other top Rugby legends as well.
Sevens Tickets, Players Pass. Full Kit, Polo and Vest,  Entry into our Charity Meet and greet evening, and Coach to the Sevens event on the three days, Plus a sponsors Logo on the Social Legends Kit,woth £400
All for £2000 The Sponsors Logo is worth £400 you can get a friend in Business to support the charity and the World Legends and saves you £400. making it £1600

If you help and bring in More sponsors for the World Legends Kit. We will reduce your costs. you could even end up coming for free !
email me at rugbyvets@hotmail.com for more details

Dont miss this fantastci trip

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The 100 World Legends, A4 Booklet, Our Aims, Charities, Sponsors and The Rugby Legends

With the launch of the 100 World Legends project at the end of August we are releasing our 36 page A4 Booklet, which will explain our aims, along with information about our rugby legends , The main charities we support  plus sponsors adverts .

This book will be going out to prospective businesses, Rugby Clubs and  Rugby Players to get more people involved. as we say united we can make a difference.

The adverts will hopefully raise £6000 for two of the charities we support

EVERY PENNY OF YOUR ADVERT SPONSORSHIP WILL GO TO THE CHARITIES

A6 quarter page advert £200

A5 half page advert  £300

A4 Full page advert £500

Back Cover £1000

Please email me at rugbyvets@Hotmail.com  for  further details

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David Corkery on the Thailand Project

The thoughts of former Ireland international legend David Corkery on his return from the successful 100 World Legends charity fundraising project to Bangkok.

It isn’t often that you get asked to travel to Thailand to play a bit of ball with some of the greatest rugby players of the professional era, so when it comes, you grab it with both hands, request the time off, jump on the plane and hope for the best.
Unfortunately, I returned home a few ounces heavier but trust me when I tell you it was all worth it, as I will go on to explain.

The few ounces of extra burden that I am referring to arrived after a collision with my right forearm and an opponent’s head, where regrettably the opponent’s head won. Eight screws, one nine inch plate and a night in a Bangkok hospital later and there you have the explanation for extra weight on the way home.

Yes, last Tuesday I returned home from playing in a charity tournament that required travelling half ways around the world and left me requiring surgery however, I would do it all over again in a heart beat.

At forty-four years of age and with an inventory of injuries that would make WWII look timid, some would suggest that I should have my head examined however, for me the desire to lace up the boots is something I hope I will have until the final nail is hammered home.

The reason for the trip was to raise some funds for the lesser well off in Thailand albeit, heading out I didn’t know exactly where the monies were going.

The organisation my team-mates and I had the honour of representing was an orphanage called the Mercy Centre which was sited deep in the heart of the oppressive Bangkok slums.

This centre is a sanctuary for street kids and orphans, a hospice for sick mothers and children with HIV/AIDS and a serene haven in the depths of Bangkok where small gardens and a playground become a place to hide from what exists on the other side of it’s four walls.

It is also a place for those of us who think we have problems should go and visit in order to appreciate that life isn’t as bad as you perhaps first think.

I know we all have troubles of our own and charity should always begin at home however, this centre brings hardship, sorrow and grief to a completely different level and no matter what descriptive metaphors I can assemble, they will not do justice to the gangerous atmosphere that infests the back streets of Bangkok.

I would also like to point out that not all of Bangkok is bad and neither are its inhabitants.

There are parts of this vast and varied land that would easily rival the compelling scenery that West Cork and Killarney has to offer and the majority of its citizens are considerate and hard working folk whose everyday life is a constant battle.

Poignantly now because of TV documentaries, movies and social media, Thailand has become synonymous for its sordid nightlife and lady-boys more so than its magnificent temples, powerful rivers and meaningful work ethics that are visible on every street you walk down.

What’s also very evident is how well their diets have evolved over the centuries and how they make use of everything the land has to offer.

As a person who struggles to eat any kind of vegetable, you can just imagine how I felt when I was confronted with menus that looked like one of the bush tucker trials in “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here”.

Five-inch grasshoppers, live crickets, wriggling silk worms, waterbugs the size of your hand and to top it all off, deep-fried scorpions and spiders by the bucket load. It was not unusual to see the locals walking down the pavements eating an assortment of these creatures as you or I would consume a bag of chips from the local chipper.

On the rugby front we, or should I say the remainder of the squad did very well.

Regrettably, I didn’t make it beyond game two however, the lads went on to win the tournament and it was an honour to have played with this group of players.

I can’t say for certain but I think it is unique to rugby where a bunch of ex professional players aged between thirty five and forty eight can be assembled from the four corners of the globe (New Zealand, Samoa, England, Scotland, Fiji, Australia and Ireland) and form a bond that will stay strong forever.

Perhaps it is because rugby is such a team sport where one position is completely dependent on the other but whatever it is, I can guarantee you that no amount of money can buy the feeling you get when you tour in lands that are so far away from home.

Amongst our ranks we had living legends such as Bruce Reihana, Kees Meeuws, Stephen Bachop, Daniel Browne (New Zealand) Junior Paramore, Tanner Vili (Samoa) Marcus Di Rollo, David Hilton (Scotland) Big Bill Cavubuti 210kgs (Fiji) and Dan Scarbrough (England). All these guys still show an incredible level of determination to win and I guess that is why they went on to be the best in their chosen profession.

Winning is always good albeit, on this occasion the prize for everyone was to see the kids smile in the Mercy centre .

I don’t know where these kids went after we left or if they would be there the following day however, I can assure you that they have left an impression with me that I will take to my grave.