A community fundraising challenge featuring over two hundred and fifty members of Rhiwbina Rugby Club, together with the support of many from Tetbury RFC and Whitchurch RFC, will support City Hospice in February.
The 100kForHobbsy challenge was launched in support of Dai Hobbs, the vice-chair of Rhiwbina RFC, following his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer at the end of 2020.
Widely regarded as a pillar of the rugby club and wider community, Dai has worked tirelessly over many years to ensure that the people of Rhiwbina have the chance to participate in sport and reap the benefits of coming together in social gatherings.
To show their support for Dai following his diagnosis, the 100kForHobbsy challenge was created with over 250 past and present rugby players running 100km in January, raising funds for Cardiff Mind and School of Hard Knocks.
The challenge has grown in February as participants aim to collectively run around the world, a distance of 40,075km, while supporting City Hospice and Velindre Cancer Centre.
Dai Hobbs said: “I was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in December. At the end of last year, a couple of players got together from Rhiwbina Rugby Club and decided to try and raise some money for charities of my choice.
“We have now moved into a second phase of the challenge and this is our around the world challenge where the minis, juniors and senior team are aiming to complete 40,075km by any means they can. We have chosen City Hospice as one of our charities for the amazing work they do within the community.”
City Hospice is Cardiff’s local hospice, providing care to people with terminal or life limiting illnesses such as cancer, dementia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and motor neurone disease (MND).
The charity is offering fundraising assistance to 100kForHobbsy supporters and has dedicated the window display of its Rhiwbina shop to the challenge.
Liz Andrews, Chief Executive at City Hospice, said: “We enjoy a fantastic relationship with Rhiwbina RFC and are delighted to have been chosen as one of the great charities to be supported by 100kForHobbsy. It’s incredible to see so many 100kForHobbsy t-shirts pounding the streets of North Cardiff, from little ones achieving their 1k a day to others really racking up the miles.
“The support means so much to us. I’d like to thank everyone involved and wish Dai all the very best with his treatment.”
For further information or to donate, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=100KforHobbsy&pageUrl=1