Rugby legends join #TargetEbola

20 | 11 | 2014

A host of Rugby legends have pledged their support to the WOA’s #TargetEbola campaign as the bid to raise awareness and funds to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa gathers pace.

Bill Beaumont, RFU Chairman and former England lock; Sir Clive Woodward, England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning coach; Maggie Alphonsi, a member of the England team which claimed victory in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup; and Gus Pichot, former Argentina captain, have all shown their support for the campaign by posing for pictures with #TargetEbola t-shirts at the World Rugby Conference and Exhibition in London.

Earlier this week, Rugby Sevens legends, Fiji’s Waisale Serevi and England’s Ben Gollings, appeared in a YouTube video backing #TargetEbola and asking Rugby players and Olympians alike to come together in a show of sporting solidarity to raise money to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

The #TargetEbola campaign was launched last month following a plea from two-time Sierra Leone Olympian Dr Francis Dove Edwin. Since then the WOA has joined forces with Oxfam and Medisend International to deliver much needed supplies to West Africa.

The WOA is appealing to the rest of its 100,000 strong Olympian community around the world to get involved and promote #TargetEbola, the donation link,, and the SMS details, Text TARGET to 70066 [UK only], by posting selfies via social media.

The #TargetEbola selfie kit can be downloaded here:

Olympians and the general public are encouraged to print off the kit and pose for a selfie. Alternatively anyone can write #TargetEbola, and the SMS number on a piece of paper and take a selfie with it.