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Leeds Rhinos throw their weight behind charity challenge for Leeds Rugby Foundation

April 10, 2012 11:58 AM

Leeds Rhinos supporting Greg and Bob taking part in the ChallengeLeeds Rhinos stars have throw their weight behind Greg Mulholland MP and Bob Bowman of West Yorkshire Police, who are taking part in the Jane Tomlinson Appeal 10th Anniversary challenge, raising money for Leeds Rugby Foundation, as well as the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

Greg is a Vice President of the Leeds Rugby Foundation and Bob is one of its trustees. The Foundation promotes community participation and work to transform young peoples' lives through the power of sport by fighting social inequality.

Greg is also Chair of the Parliamentary Rugby League Group and captain of the Political Animals rugby league team.

The Jane Tomlinson Anniversary Challenge team, including Greg and Bob will run the Paris Marathon, cycle 600 miles in six days through France, Belgium and England, via Leeds, to London where a they will run the London Marathon! They will complete the Leeds leg at Headingley Stadium, home of the Rhinos on Wednesday 18th April - half way through!

Greg is asking people to sponsor him as he attempts this mammoth challenge by going to justgiving http://www.justgiving.com/Greg-Mulholland-Jane-Tomlinson-Challenge or by text 70070 with the code 'GMJT70' followed by the amount. eg: GMJT70 £10 or via cheques, payable to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal to his office at Wainwright House, 12 Holt Park Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 7SR.

You can also sponnsor Bob by visiting his Justgiving page http://www.justgiving.com/robert-bowman0

Greg has been backed in the challenge by a number of local businesses: 2 View Properties, Hamara Healthy Living Centre, Jet2, Up and Running and Evans Cycles.

Greg commented:

"As Vice President of the Leeds Rugby Foundation I am really proud of the work that it does, transform young people's lives through the power of sport and fighting social inequality.

"I am delighted to be raising money for the Leeds Rugby Foundation by taking part in the Jane Tomlinson Anniversary Challenge and whilst I am daunted by the many miles and as MP for Headingley it is great to have the support of the Leeds Rhinos.

"The way the Rhinos won the Super League title will give us motivation to grit out teeth and get on with the job, which will help raise money for the great work the Leeds Rugby Foundation does".

Bob said:

"I am thrilled to have the backing of Leeds Rhinos players for my participation in this challenge. I take inspiration from their hard work and commitment and know that their example will help me to dig in when the going gets tough."

Rhino player Rob Burrow said

"It's fantastic that Greg and Bob are taking on this massive challenge to raise funds for the Leeds Rugby Foundation. We are 100% behind them and look forward to welcoming them back to Headingley during the week and of course after they have successfully completed it."

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Notes to Editors

The Leeds Rugby Foundation

The charity's objects are for the benefit of the public generally and, in particular, the inhabitants of Leeds and Yorkshire and its surrounding areas.

  • To promote community participation in healthy recreation by providing facilities for the playing of rugby union, rugby league and other sports capable of improving health ("facilities" which means land, buildings, equipment and organising sporting activities).
  • To provide and assist in providing facilities for sport, recreation or other leisure time occupation of those persons who have need for such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, poverty or social and economic circumstances or for the public at large in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving their conditions of life.
  • To advance the education of children and young people through such means as the Trustees think fit in accordance with the laws applicable to charities.