Evening with David Campese


Raising the Roof with Campo: Big Thanks to Everyone for a Great Evening

Raising the Roof with Campo, our dinner on Friday night featuring Australian Rugby legend David Campese in conversation with Scotland’s former player and SRU Past President Alan Lawson was a huge success. 150 people attended the evening and feedback has been tremendous. In addition, thanks to the generosity of those attending, the evening raised:

  • £1,340 for Doddie Weir’s MND Foundation,
  • £400 for Bill McLaren Foundation,
  • Over £4,000 to our Raising the Roof fund.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone associated with the event for helping make it a success, from those who helped organise and set up the event and those who tidied up afterwards, to those who attended and who contributed to the night.

Thanks to Colin Watson and Alan Mitchell (straight from the cask) who donated items to the evening and to Colin for his tireless work behind the scenes in the planning and execution of the evening. Big thanks to Ken Christie for lending us his PA system for the evening.

Special thanks to Alan Lawson of the Bill McLaren Foundation who not only organised David Campese to attend, but who drove him to and from the dinner in addition to hosting the Q and A session and running the auction. Alan does a superb job running the Bill McLaren Foundation, along with his wife (and Bill McLaren’s daughter) Linda and John ‘Pundy’ Thorburn, who’s also the current Hawick Rugby Club President.

Thanks, of course, to David Campese for fitting us in to his busy schedule and for such an entertaining evening.

I’ve had feedback from Alan Lawson regarding the evening – “I hope you all gave yourselves a big slap on the back for Friday -the meal, the banter and the fund raising. The welcome Campo received was very special and he had a ball!”

The meal that Roddy and Martin served up was superb and a big thanks go to them and to the waitresses, waiters and bar staff who helped the evening go so smoothly.

As the French say – “chapeau”!

Ken Richardson