a cask of Glenkinchie single malt to the
My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which raises
money to support research into finding a
cure for Motor Neuron Disease.
Rugby legend and inspirational Motor
Neuron Disease campaigner Doddie Weir
visited Diageo’s new Scottish
headquarters in Edinburgh yesterday
(Monday 20 January) to accept the
donation of a cask of Scotch whisky to
raise money for his My Name’5 Doddie
Foundation to find a cure for MND.
Johnnie Walker and GUINNESS owners
Diageo donated the cask to mark the
official opening of the company’s new
offices and as part of its support for
Scottish Rugby ahead of the forthcoming
GUINNESS SIX NATIONS season.
Doddie was joined by another Scottish
Rugby hero Chris Paterson – Scotland’s
all-time leading points scorer – to
represent Scottish Rugby, which supports
the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation as one
of its Official Charities.
The 2020 GUINNESS SIX NATIONS
Championship is the first to feature the
world’s most popular Scotch Whisky
Johnnie Walker as Official Whisky
Partner of Scottish Rugby and of the
GUINNESS SIX NATIONS.
Ewan Andrew, President of Diageo Global
Supply & Procurement, who leads Diageo’s
manufacturing operations around the
world from the Edinburgh office,
welcomed Doddie and Chris to the new
offices and announced the cask donation.
He 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
Doddie Weir 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 Paterson
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
A ceremonial cask was unveiled at the
Diageo Edinburgh event with Doddie.
Whisky fans will be pleased to hear that Diageo will now work with the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation team to select a cask
of Glenkinchie single malt and to have
it bottled for the charity. Glenkinchie
Distillery in East Lothian is the
closest Diageo distillery to Doddie’s
Borders 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.