Hawks eye a booze free start to 2013

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PLAYERS from Glasgow Hawks RFC are kicking off a charity fundraising campaign to encourage people across Scotland to banish the booze throughout January.

It’s all for Cancer Research UK’s latest fundraising campaign, Dryathlon, which challenges those who are man enough – or woman enough – to get sponsored to drop the drink in the New Year.

Twenty-two year-old scrum half, Paddy Boyer, who is going to be a Dryathlete, is receiving raucous support from flanker, Ross Angus (20) from the west end of Glasgow, and winger Tony Herron (20) from Jordanhill, who have pledged to join him on the wagon next month.

The lads, who are currently preparing for their last game before Christmas this weekend against Hamilton, took time out of their busy training schedule to inspire other Scots to become Dryathletes in January.

Paddy, who is a business student at Strathclyde University when he’s not training for the Hawks, said: “This is a great idea, and will totally help people to stick to their guns if they’ve made a New Year’s resolution to abstain from alcohol in January.

“I think for Ross, Tony and I, it could even improve our prowess on the pitch when we’re gearing up for next year’s season.

“It is going to be a massive challenge as we really enjoy a few drinks but it’s for such a worthwhile cause so I’m determined to stay committed.

“Although my mates are right behind me and offering sympathy for the trying time ahead, I don’t think they’re going to make the path to abstinence an easy one. I’m sure they’ll be clinking pint glasses in front of my face whenever they get chance, but that’s okay, it’s all part of the challenge.”

Linda Summerhayes, Cancer Research UK spokesperson in Scotland, said: “Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer across Scotland. Yet UK survival rates have doubled over the past 40 years and Cancer Research UK scientists and researchers have been at the heart of that progress.

“We need more funds and supporters to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“We’ll be supporting our Dryathletes the whole way, by providing lots of motivational tips via our website and social media channels.”

For those who can’t commit to the full 31 days they can purchase a Golden Pass, for a suggested donation of £15, which allows the owner to take 24 hours off – particularly helpful for weddings, birthdays or those who just fancy a big night out.

To sign up to Dryathlon visit cruk.org/dryathlon