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CEF sponsors Dodd1e’5 Gr4nd S7am in the All Roads Lead to Rome challenge

At CEF, we believe in inspiring the exceptional every day, and what better way to exemplify this spirit than by proudly sponsoring the incredible Dodd1e’5 Gr4nd S7am team embarking on the monumental All Roads Lead to Rome challenge. This cycling extravaganza aims to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, supporting research for Motor Neurone Disease. 

The challenge

Led by seasoned Doddie Cup riders Roger Baird, Ian Barr, and Rob Boyns, the diverse team of 30+ cyclists hails from Scotland, Wales, and England. The mission is nothing short of awe-inspiring: cycling from Edinburgh to Rome, visiting all 6 Nations stadiums along the way, and culminating in delivering the match ball to the Scotland vs. Italy game in Rome on March 9th.

The route is an epic adventure, starting at Murrayfield and winding through Dublin, Cardiff, Twickenham, and Paris, with special stops in Monaco to meet Prince Albert before reaching the final destination in Rome. The team carries the match ball as a symbol of unity and determination, representing the entire MND community affected by this challenging, yet underfunded, disease.

CEF's support

Steve Pope, Director of Power Tools at CEF emphasises the company's commitment to inspiring the exceptional every day. He states;

“One of our company values is ‘We are a caring family,’ so supporting the foundation for a second year was an easy decision. The back story to our support is that I have seen the effects of MND first-hand when Chris Davies, a school friend and rugby teammate was diagnosed with MND at the age of 36 and died 4 years later in 2003. He bravely undertook several media interviews to raise awareness of MND and generate funds to help find a cure. 
  
Twenty years after his death and still without a cure, through Ian, I was contacted by Rob Wainwright, former Scotland and British Lions rugby player, who asked if CEF would help him raise money for an MND charity – My Name'5 Doddie Foundation - set up by his former teammate and friend, Doddie Weir who had been diagnosed with MND.  
  
By participating in this event, we not only uphold our values but also reinforce the belief that collective efforts can create real change. At CEF we’re wishing ‘Dodd1e’5 Gr4nd S7am’ team all the best in their monumental endeavour for a brilliant cause.”  

Get involved and make a difference

Members of the public are also invited to get active and raise funds for MNDF. Through the home-based Race 2 Rome challenge, where participants can clock over 3000kms through cycling, swimming, rowing, or any preferred activity. Find out more or sign up.  

Donations to the challenge can be made through the team’s JustGiving page.

Donate here