Supporting causes is a core component of Dubai Exiles Rugby Football Club. After the tragic death of Dubai Exiles RFC and UAE national rugby player Jon Beeton in a boating accident, his widow Tammy and the Club Committee, selected a charity in Ethiopia named RAEY as it’s official charity.

RAEY offers education, feeding, shelter and hope to Ethiopian orphans whose lives have been shattered by HIV and AIDS. Dubai Exiles RFC are proud of their charity work and the club as a long-standing community entity is committed to continue supporting worthy causes both locally and abroad. We believe rugby is a perfect vehicle to ‘do good deeds’ and it is an important aspect of our club ethos.

In recent years we have made critical contributions to this charity which have resulted in the provision of safe drinking water and through the establishment of the Jon Beeton Memorial Scholarship, the chance for 3 orphans every year to enter RAEY’s care.

Recent visit to RAEY

The Club Chairman Mike Wolff visited the RAEY Academy in Ethiopia in June 2013 for the opening ceremony of the new section of the school. Whilst there they helped to distrubute donations of clothes, shoes and toys as well as purchased new mattresses for the children purchased with cash donations. These small efforts make a real, immediate and positive impact to those children, and further regular visits will be arranged.

For more information on RAEY and how you can get involved please contact: or RAEY directly at

Please see the heartwarming photo’s of this visit;