Active school will run 24 hours of sport for MND

Brynja Duthie with Donald Grewar and Madras College Active Sports ambassadors ahead of their charity sportathon.
Brynja Duthie with Donald Grewar and Madras College Active Sports ambassadors ahead of their charity sportathon.

Four young sports ambassadors from Madras College are promoting healthy lifestyles through a full day – and night – of sport which will simultaneously support research for motor neurone disease, of which a former teacher Donald ‘Mr G’ Grewar suffers.

The Madras Active Schools Ambassadors – Abbie Hendry, Stephen Doherty, Eva Innes and Rebekka Miller – have organised the ‘Sportathon’ which starts on June 16 at 4pm and finishes at the same time on June 17.

Pupils from 4th-6th year were encouraged to sign up as part a team for the event as well as demonstrate how they were going to raise money for the charity.

Caitlyn Mackie, active schools co-ordinator said: “The project aims to raise money for Mr G’s cause and to increase the student’s sport participation and show them what is on offer at the school.” As part of the mammoth challenge a programme of team sports will run almost continuously throughout the 24 hour period.

Since Mr Grewar’s MND diagnosis pupil Brynja has supported fundraising efforts in his name. She said: “I think the Sportathon is a great idea particularly with Mr G having enjoyed being so active before he became ill. I know a lot of work has gone into planning this and I really look forward to taking part in it. I enjoy kayaking, running and hockey but look forward to trying out new sports at the Sportathon, some I might never have considered before. Fifer Gordon Aikman, who launched Gordon’s Fightback campaign to lobby for more nurses and better care for MND patients announced this week that he has supassed half-a-million pounds. He said: “Together we have brought forward the day we live in a world free from MND. It might be too late for me, but by investing in research we can, we must and we will find a cure for future generations.”