Appeal News & Updates
In November 2001 David was 16 years old when a horrific accident irrevocably changed his life. The
David Azhar Appeal was established on 8th October 2002 with a clear purpose - to transform David’s life.
The Appeal works to ensure that he has the support to sustain his future and help him realise his full
17/03/16 Jon Jewitt is doing a ‘Row The Atlantic’ Challenge
After the massive success of last year's "Climb Everest" Challenge, John Jewitt is ramping things up
once again by holding the David Azhar Appeal “Row the Atlantic” Challenge on Sunday 24th April 2016!
John is in the process of working with Scottish Rowing to borrow 20-30 rowing machines so that the Club
and Friends can take on board this amazing challenge. The event takes place at Whitecraigs Rugby
Club and will start from 09.00hrs until, well, they row the distance across the Atlantic! Good luck to
everyone that's getting involved! We'll update you after the event.
09/03/16 Fundraising Night At Greenock Wanderers RFC on 29th April
We're delighted to announce that Samantha Campbell is organising a fundraiser for the appeal. The
event will be held on Friday 29th April at Greenock Wanderers Rugby Club in Greenock. There are
limited tickets available so if you would like a couple (or even more) then let Samantha know at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will include a raffle, live entertainment and DJ, along with a
cold buffet. A chance to have a great night out and boost the appeal at the same time - don't miss out!
03/09/15 Tough Mudder
Well done and thanks to Jonathan Harris for doing Tough Mudder for the Appeal! Thanks Joni!
22/06/15 Standing Frame on Order
Thanks to Ian Fraser, John And Linda Gillies and family, Sandy and Jean Geddes and David's Aunt
Isabel, the appeal reached its target for the standing frame, it's now on order. Huge thank you to all!! A
standing frame is assistive technology that can be used to provide an alternative positioning to sitting in
a wheelchair by supporting the person in the standing position.
31/05/15 Big Weekend for the Appeal
Ian Fraser had his 65th birthday party and instead of presents he asked for donations to the Appeal,
raising an amazing £1500 towards the standing frame. David said, "Ian has supported me through all
my education, I am indebted to him".
22/04/15 Climbing Everest for the Appeal!
Jon Jewitt, the current president of Whitecraigs Rugby Club, has organised a ‘Whitecraigs Climb Everest
Challenge' to support the appeal. This means that Jon will be replicating 14 different climbs/routes that
mountaineers take on their ascent towards the summit. The event takes place on Sunday 31st May in
the JNI Scout Centre on Broomlands Street in Paisley. Please feel free to go and join in while the team
climb 8,848m over the course of 12 hours (under expert climbing instruction) - everyone is very welcome!
You can read the flier for the event by clicking here.
22/04/15 Proud Uncle
David is been delighted at becoming an Uncle to Cameron who was born in earlier this month.
Congratulations to Craig and Catriona!
28/01/15 Appeal Fundraiser Event 21st February Cartha QP RFC
A major fundraiser event is planned for David and the Appeal on Saturday 21st February at Cartha
Queens Park Rugby Club in Pollok Park, Glasgow. The event runs from 7.30pm to 1am and involves a
live band (the spectacular Plectrums) and an amazing auction with fantastic prizes! Tickets are just 10
but there are only 150 available so grab them before they're gone. Further details of the event can be
found on this poster. Tickets are available from behind the bar at Cartha Rugby Club or by contacting
Andy Crozier on 07753119228 or at email@example.com. You can also contact Andy for
more information or if you'd like to donate any additional auction prize. Current auction items include
lunches with various sports stars, backstage passes for gigs, sports hospitality and many, many more
27/05/14 Good Luck!
Good luck to Fiona Allardice who is competing in the Muddy Race in Edinburgh aid of the appeal!
27/05/14 Steve McGill and Richart Heywood Rally in aid of the Appeal!
Big 'thanks' to Steven McGill and his friend Richard Heywood who decided to upgrade their Gumball rally
Audi with David Azhar Appeal livery. They drove to Portrush (Northern Ireland) where the North West
200 motorcycle race was being held in Northern Ireland. The course is a street circuit, made up of public
roads running between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush (the Triangle) and is one of the
fastest in the world, with speeds in excess of 200 mph (320 km/h). It is one of around fifteen events run
on public roads between April and October throughout the island of Ireland. It is the largest annual
sporting event in Ireland, with the race weekend attracting over 150,000 visitors from all over the world.
They took Appeal cans and buckets, put on their kilts and raised on our behalf. You can see some
pictures of the car here.
25/08/13 David's Blog
The easiest way to keep in touch with David and what's happening in his life is via his blog pages. Click
here or use the link to the right.
24/05/12 Ashley and Her Mum Run the 10k
Ashley Guy and her mum, Ruth Harris, ran the Glasgow 10k on Sunday 13th May in aid of the Appeal.
Ashley and her family have been big supporters of the appeal and we just wanted to say congratulations
on finishing the race and thank you for their support once again!
20/09/11 Crazy Endurance Fund Raising from John Gemmell
John Gemmel is going to compete in the ‘Survival Of The Fittest’ an endurance race around the
Edinburgh Old Town for the David Azhar Appeal.
Some of the challenges include heading down the Royal Mile climbing over three-metre high walls of
straw bales outside the council buildings. From there, John will have to endure the energy-sapping climb
up Jacob's Ladder, the steep stairs running from Calton Road to the top of Calton Hill.
Then army instructors will send him through a brutal assault course before heading to Tolbooth Wynd
for the Urban Jungle challenge. Next up is a water slide down the side of Arthur's Seat before tackling
the spider's web, a rope-matrix being set up on Brown Street close to the Crags Sports Centre, where
he will face a water cannon.
As well as taking on a genuine construction site at the SoCo gap site in the Cowgate, John will face an
obstacle challenge before tackling an assault course and the Parkour Zone. After all that, he will still
have a eight-foot climb over the high Wall of Fame. On behalf of us all we wish you good luck on this
mad competition (and send us some photos!). You can see more about the race here.
16/09/11 Sandy & Norrie's 2011 Rugby World Cup Blog
Sandy Geddes and Norrie Flowers, both long time supporters of the appeal (Sandy sits on the Appeal
Committee) are off on an Odyssey to New Zealand following the rugby world cup for 8 glorious weeks!
They are writing a daily blog and are drawing attention from near and far with their chat, banter, antics
and descriptions of participating in the four yearly event. Even the Scotland Captain Al Kellock has
commented! As well as being entertaining (and being entertained) they are taking every opportunity to
talk about the Appeal and raising our profile which is fantastic. Catch them in action at www.sprfcfan.
com/blog - we promise it will raise a smile!
05/04/11 - Quiz Night Postponed
Unfortunately the quiz night planned for the 22nd April has had to be postponed - we'll update you with
the new date as soon as it's confirmed. Thanks again for all your support!
06/03/11 - Quiz Night: 22nd April 2011- Postponed
Another great evening's entertainment is planned on Friday 22nd April at the Lochinch Sports Club in
Pollok Park. One of the now legendary DA Quiz nights will be taking place. Tickets are very reasonably
priced at £10 for a team of 4 and this includes a bite to eat. There will also be a raffle in aid of the
appeal on the night. If you need more information then you can contact us here at admin@davidazhar.
com - come along and join us for some really great fun.
06/03/11 - Race Night: 2nd September 2011
A date for your diary! Our next Race night will take place on Friday 2nd September at the Lochinch
Sports Club in Pollok Park. Tickets are £2 a head and include a bite to eat. There will also be a raffle in
aid of the appeal on the night. If you need more information then you can contact us here at
06/03/10 - More Pics Added
We've added a few more pics from the race night in 2009 and also a couple from the quiz night held in
March. Don't forget to check out David's blog, which David updates frequently with his thoughts and
activities - the permanent link is towards the top left of this page!
09/07/10 - Race Night Pics
We've added a couple of pics from the race night in 2009 for your enjoyment.
30/03/10 - Quiz Night a Run Away Success
A big thank you to everyone who attended the Quiz night up at Lochinch. A great night was had by all
with much fun and laughter (and some highly competitive contestants). Congratulations to '4some' the
team who took the final honours. Over £700 was raised for the Appeal during the evening. You can
see a couple of pictures
05/03/10 - New Appeal Leaflet & Updates
A new appeal leaflet is now available - you can see an online copy here, but if you'd like physical copies
for distribution at your organisation then give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. Though the
website isn't updated every day, David's blog is (just about) and you can keep in touch with David's
thoughts and activities using the link on the right. You can also leave him a message or a comment in
response to his posts by registering which is quick and easy.
05/03/10 - Walking the West Highland Way
The very best of luck to Stephen McGhee, from Spark of Genius, who is doing the West Highland Way
on April 4th and will be giving the money raised from sponsorship to the appeal. A BIG 'Thank You' from
us and we look forward to hearing how he gets on.
20/02/10 - Quiz Night on 19th March 2010 @ Lochinch Sports Club
Another great evening's entertainment is planned on Friday 19th March at the Lochinch Sports Club in
Pollok Park. A fun quiz night will be held. Tickets are very reasonabily priced at £10 for a team of 4 and
this includes a bite to eat. There will also be a raffle in aid of the appeal on the night. If you need more
information then you can contact us here at email@example.com - come along and join us for some
really great fun. There is £100 for the winning team and £30 and £20 for second and third place
20/08/09 - Race Night & BBQ 29/08/09
A great evenings entertainment is planned for the 29th August up at Lochinch, the Police sports facility
in Pollok Park. The Race Night & BBQ is bound to provide an evening of entertainment and good
company with all proceeds going to the Appeal. Tickets are £5 on the door and if you need more
information then you can contact us here at firstname.lastname@example.org - come along and join us for some
really great fun!
20/08/09 - The Appeal shows up in South Africa on the Lion's Tour
Sandy Geddes one of the members of the Appeal Committee recently went on an epic trip out to South
Africa following the British & Irish Lion's Rugby Team. Along with best friend Norrie (both pictured right)
they managed to get their photograph taken at the British Consulate wearing the appeal T-shirts and to
talk to a number of folks about David and the work the Appeal does. Their full exploits can be read in
their diary which is to be found as part of the Strathclyde Police Rugby Club Fan Website - but be
warned, while very entertaining, it's not for the faint hearted or easily offended!
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