At the Harlequins End of Season Awards Dinner on 12th May, each guest was given an envelope. Inside was a £10 note, a gift from Quins charity partner HOPEHIV! Cue André Vos and HOPEHIV founder Phil Wall, who took to the stage to launch The 1010 Challenge.
Three options of what to do with the tenner were offered:
1. Accept the challenge and find a way to turn it into £100 and give the money back to HOPEHIV
2. Reject the challenge and return the £10
3. Keep it, if guests felt they needed it more than the orphaned children and vulnerable young people HOPEHIV helps in Africa
Phil threw down this gauntlet: how can you use who you are to make a difference? One guest responded immediately, auctioning four tickets to the upcoming Michael Jackson tour there and then. Other responses may not have been as dramatic, but HOPEHIV is confident that Harlequins players, supporters, and sponsors have embraced the challenge as the pounds start to roll in.
The good news is, even if you weren't at the dinner, you can still take part. The challenge is running through to the end of July, so if you'd like to get involved, please go to www.hopehiv.org/1010. If you're stuck for ideas, the webpage is full of them!
HOPEHIV supports children and young people in sub-Saharan Africa who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Please visit www.hopehiv.org for more information. Registered charity number 1079385.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.