Diageo rolls out support for My Name’5 Doddie foundation

Diageo rolls out support for My Name’5 Doddie foundation

Campaigner and rugby legend, Doddie Weir visited the new Diageo headquarters in Edinburgh recently to accept a donation for his foundation.

News | 21 Jan 2020

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Diageo has donated a cask of Scotch whisky in order to raise money for the My Name’5 Doddie foundation, which hopes to find a cure for motor neurone disease.

During the visit from Doddie Weir, the company also marked the official opening of its new offices, while showing its support for Scottish Rugby ahead of the Guinness Six Nations season. The 2020 Six Nations is the first to feature Johnnie Walker as an official partner of Scottish Rugby.

Chris Paterson, Scotland’s all-time leading points scorer, also joined Doddie on his visit as a representative of Scottish Rugby, which supports the foundation as one of its official charities.

Ewan Andrew, President of Diageo Global Supply & Procurement, who leads Diageo’s manufacturing operations around the world from the Edinburgh office, said: “Doddie Weir is an inspiration to people everywhere with the remarkable bravery of his campaign. It was a privilege to welcome him to our new offices and to share his incredible campaign with our people.

“We have a powerful connection with rugby through our Guinness Title Partnership of the Six Nations Championship and our Johnnie Walker partnership with Scottish Rugby. What better way to celebrate these partnerships and to mark our move to our new office than by supporting Doddie and his campaign.”

Doddie said: “I am delighted to accept the donation of this cask of Glenkinchie single malt whisky for my foundation. The momentum behind the campaign keeps growing and it’s terrific to see companies like Diageo and brands like Johnnie Walker stepping up to show their support and to raise funds.”

Scottish Rugby ambassador Chris said: “As Doddie continues to inspire us all with his fight against MND, it’s great to see not only the rugby community continue to rally together to support the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, but iconic brand and valued Scottish Rugby partner, Johnnie Walker, joining the fight.”

To mark the occasion, a ceremonial cask was unveiled at the event in Edinburgh and moving forward Diageo will work with the foundation team to select a cask of Glenkinchie single malt which will be bottled to raise money for the charity.
Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian is the closest Diageo distillery to Doddie’s homeland. The distillery is also the Lowland Home of Johnnie Walker with a new state-of-the-art visitor experience due to open later this year.

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