"Life’s about enjoying yourself. Don’t wait for tomorrow, do what you can do today and have no regrets."
Those were the inspiring words of former Scotland international rugby star Doddie Weir, who won 61 caps for Scotland and is founder of My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sporting community and his commitment to fundraising for the common good.
My Name'5 Doddie Foundation raises funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and investigate potential cures. Doddie himself announced in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with the disease.
The presentation came as Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) celebrated its winter graduations at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
He gave a brilliantly self-deprecating speech referring to his win record for Scotland and the Barbarians before referencing the two tries he scored against the All Blacks… on the PlayStation.
He then added: “I am extremely honoured and surprised to receive such a prestigious honour. I dedicate the award to the trustees and thousands of people who have come together for my charity to help raise funds and awareness of this horrific disease. Together we can make a difference and hopefully find an elusive cure.
“Thank you GCU for this great honour. I’m looking forward to working together and forging a wonderful relationship.”
Doddie joined more than 570 students graduating from the School of Health and Life Sciences.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate the work and achievements of these individuals, who are outstanding examples of our university’s enduring commitment to work for the common good.”