Sebastian Adeniran-Olule Charitable Fund

The Sebastian Adeniran–Olule Charitable Fund was set up in memory of Harlequins Academy member Seb, who tragically died on 9th May 2016 at the age of 20.

The Sebastian Adeniran-Olule Charitable Fund supports boys who would not normally be able to afford the academic and sporting opportunities that Seb enjoyed. It’s the Fund’s mission to help young men realise their full potential in the same way that he did.

The Fund is supported by Wellington College, Richmond FC, RFU, Harlequins and the Harlequins Foundation. To read more, or donate, visit the fund’s Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/sebadeniran-olule

A song, written and recorded especially for Seb by one of his Wellington College house-mates can be downloaded here: https://conordickinson.bandcamp.com/track/see-him-go

Future Hope

India based charity, Future Hope, provides accommodation and education for some of the most vulnerable children in Kolkata. In 2015 a group of eight players travelled to Kolkata as part of the player development programme, spending a week supporting the work Future Hope does with the children. The team took over balls and kit and spent time playing rugby with the children, but also gave assemblies, taught lessons, painted murals and even sang! An amazing experience for all involved.

The Harlequins Foundation is continuing to build the relationship with Future Hope, and has provided a £3,000 grant which will sponsor the Future Hope rugby programme.

Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice

Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Every year QUINSSA support a Christmas gift campaign, collecting presents for every child at the Hospice. Players and members of the Harlequins Foundation team also attend the Shooting Star Chase Christmas party with the children.

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR)

Harlequins is pleased to support Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. In 2015 the Harlequins Foundation partnered with GBWR and a local school to represent a team at the BT Wheelchair Rugby Community Festival

Drawing on the inspiration of the Rugby World Cup 2015 and the World Wheelchair Challenge 2015 we delivered six wheelchair rugby sessions to 13 young people with learning impairments from Clarendon School, Hampton alongside expert coaches from GBWR. This culminated in their first ever competitive match at the inaugural BT Youth Tournament.

“Learning to playing Wheelchair Rugby has been awesome, I was a bit nervous at first because the chairs can smash into each other quite hard but Luke (GBWR coach) taught us how to play and block people. It was really exciting to compete at the Copper Box Arena where loads of Olympians have been playing.”
– Dallyn, participant, 14 years.

Team Richmond – London Youth Games

The London Youth Games was inaugurated in 1977 as part of The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations. Now entering its 40th year, the Games provide competitive sporting opportunities for young Londoners representing the London Borough they live or go to school in. The games are attended by more than 100,000 children from across London competing in over 30 different sports.

For the last 12 years Harlequins has sponsored ‘Team Richmond,’ the borough’s sports team, to enter and compete in the London Youth Games. The sponsorship allows 450 local children to compete and represents a significant and positive investment into the local community, encouraging children to participate in sport, as well as reinforcing our commitment to Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. Team Richmond consistently competes at the highest level, coming in the top three for the last few years, and this year finishing in third place out of the 33 boroughs, behind Wandsworth and Bromley.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Harlequins has supported Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH) since 2013. In 2015 the Harlequins Foundation committed to raise £100,000, a target which was achieved in January 2017. The money, which was raised through fundraising at Big Game 7, 8 and 9, will fund a single bedroom in the new respiratory unit, due to open in Autumn 2017.

“We are thrilled that Harlequins have reached this fantastic £100,000 milestone. A huge thank you to everyone at the Club, the players and the supporters for making this such a special partnership. The money raised will make a big difference to the young patients and their families at the hospital for many years to come.” Harriet Fairbrother, Partnership Manager, GOSH Children’s Charity.

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