HGC7 Fundraising events throughout 2020

Published: 5th February 2020

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust staff along with Huddersfield Giants club staff, supporters and other members of the community embark on 7 challenges in 8 months

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Throughout the 2020 Betfred Super League season the sports team at HGCT is raising money for both Huddersfield Giants Community Trust with their commitment to continue to ‘ACTIVELY INSPIRE THE PEOPLE OF HUDDERSFIELD AND SURROUNDING AREAS THROUGH SPORT’ and the Rob Burrow Fund, set up to support both Rob with his treatment of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and his family (wife and 3 children) throughout this difficult time.

7 Fundraisers relate to the number 7 Rob Burrow wore as a player, and the number of miles we will be facing. Approx. 492 Representing the number of appearances throughout Robs career.

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust is a non-profit organisation. Through sports and education-based initiatives into the community HGCT aims to actively inspire people of all ages and abilities through sports and the brand of Huddersfield Giants. In 2019, 6676 people from our community engaged in initiatives and activities provided by Huddersfield Giants Community Trust every week! This totalling 347,152 engagements within our community through rugby league, football, hockey, cricket, dance, cheerleading, gymnastics etc… And this year through the support of community generosity we are looking to further improve our reach.

The money raised from the 7 fundraisers will go towards additional initiatives and deliveries within YOUR local community for all ages and sports, equipment and resources for your local schools, higher qualified coaches delivering sports in your local schools, upskilling local teachers through sport, mental health support, sensory room at our home The Zone, further work with crime prevention, tackling knife crime and local gang culture and much much more to continue to aid our community!

Rob Burrow a father of three played his entire career at Leeds Rhinos, making 492 appearances for the club following his debut in 2001, placing him in fifth in the club’s all-time list of career appearances. He scored 196 tries for a total of 1,103 points. He was capped 15 times by England and played five more tests for Great Britain including a Man of the Series performance in 2007 for the national side.

He is a two-time winner of the Harry Sunderland Award as Man of the Match in the 2007 and 2011 Grand Final. He won the Challenge Cup in 2014 and 2015 as well as three World Club Challenges and three League Leaders Shields.

Commenting on the announcement, Burrow said, “Regrettably, today I am confirming that I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. I would like to thank everyone for the support I have received already since being given my diagnosis. I know I have a big challenge in front of me but knowing that I have the love and support of so many people will give me inspiration and strength. I am very positive about the situation and intend to battle the condition as I still feel fit and well.”

Head of Sport Dan Wilczynski who aims to complete all 7 fundraisers on behalf of both charities says “Both charities are extremely worthwhile causes that aim to make a difference to people’s lives, HGCT tagline “Actively Inspiring People” is exactly what these events are all about, through the power of sport bringing people together to make a huge difference in any way that we can. It will be a privilege to work towards making a difference to people’s lives in and outside our community through the power and support of the Huddersfield Giants brand.”

The 7 Fundraisers include:

  • 9th Feb – “WALK FOR ROB” – Arranged by supporters association –Headingley Stadium to John Smiths Stadium
  • 29th Feb – 3 Peaks
  • 5th April – Marathon at GTC (Bikes/Treadmill)
  • 15th May – Liverpool to Leeds (Cycling along the Canal)
  • 22nd May – Magic Weekend – “MAGIC RIDE”
  • 18th July – “Wembley Dash”
  • Grand final (10th Oct) – Pontefract – Featherstone – Headingley – Old Trafford (Bike)

If you would like more information about our challenges please contact, Head of Sport, Dan Wilczynski dan@hgct.co.uk

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