11TH November 2018: Remembrance Sunday and 100 years since the Armistice Treaty was signed, ending the First World War. The Rotary Team spent the day of remembrance at the Rugby for Heroes Rugby match in London raising vital funds for the Royal British Legion and Rugby for Heroes.
This year you may know that Rotary Watches have collaborated with the Royal British Legion to create a Limited Edition Centenary watch: with just 1918 models available. Two of these stunningly beautiful timepieces were gifted to the captains of the ‘Rugby for Heroes’ Rugby for Heroes XV vs French Legends XV match: Mike Tindall MBE, former England captain and outside centre for Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby, and Serge Betsen, who played as a flanker for London Wasps and Biarritz and for France internationally. Rugby Legends from all around the world gathered to play a Remembrance Rugby Match, to honour the fallen and raise vital funds for both Rugby for Heroes and the Royal British Legion.
Rugby for Heroes is a charity which uses sport to help service men and women transition back into civilian life. They are committed to providing financial and personal support, to help individuals overcome the many challenges that this transition presents.
After learning about this great charity and this fantastic event, Rotary Watches decided to sponsor the event: gifting number 1914 (the year the First World War began) to the Rugby for Heroes auction, this donation alone managed to raise over 1000 for Rugby for Heroes! As previously mentioned we also supplied the team captains with a Limited Edition Centenary timepiece, and will making a donation to the Royal British Legion on behalf of both Mike Tindall and Serge Betsen. We also gifted ‘Man of the Match’, Matthew Jess, former Exeter Chiefs winger, a Rotary G2 Skeleton watch for his excellent performance in the game.
The Rotary team were particularly struck by the sportsmanship, kindness and respect of all those involved and thoroughly enjoyed remembering the heroes who fought for our freedom on the particularly poignant Armistice Day.