Kick off your kecks and score...a try, with the Liverpool University naked charity calendar
The Liverpool University naked charity calendar shows that rugby isn’t just a man’s game. And it is not all about union. The calendar, one of The Field’s Naked Strewth selection, is a sporting triumph. It joins other classic fundraising efforts such as the Orkney Unseen naked charity calendar and more:
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LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY NAKED CHARITY CALENDAR
The Liverpool University Women’s Rugby League team are keen to promote their sport to women up and down the country. Funding can be difficult and universities sometimes reluctant. But the Liverpool girls have proved stalwart at encouraging other squads.
In order to help raise funds the girls produced the Liverpool University naked charity calendar. They managed to raise a whopping £2000. Half of the money raised goes to th charity Joining Jack. The charity aims to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic condition affecting one in 3600 boys.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is one of the most common fatal genetic disorders to affect children around the world. Approximately one in every 3,500 boys worldwide is afflicted with 20,000 new cases reported each year in the developed world.
It is a devastating and currently incurable muscle-wasting disease. Symptoms usually appear in male children before the age of five. Progressive muscle weakness of the legs and pelvis eventually spreads to the arms, neck, and other areas. By age 10, braces may be required for walking, and most patients are confined to a wheelchair by age 12.
Eventually, this progresses to complete paralysis and increasing difficulty in breathing, requiring ventilation. The condition is terminal, and death usually occurs before the age of 30.
The outpatient cost of care for a non-ambulatory DMD boy is among the highest of any disease. There is currently no cure for DMD, but for the first time ever, there are promising therapies in or moving into clinical development.
The Liverpool University naked charity calendar has done a great job of raising awareness for the cause.