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Rising Warrington Wolves rugby star Ben Currie bakes up a treat
8:00am Sunday 3rd March 2013 in Sport
BEN Currie is throwing his weight behind this year’s Red Nose Day to raise money for Comic Relief.
With the Rugby League World Cup 2013 being staged in England and Wales this autumn, the England players are taking time out of their busy training schedules to take part in fundraising challenges and doing something funny for money.
They are challenging Rugby League fans to get involved in fundraising activities across the country.
Among them is 2012 England Academy vice-captain and England Knights debutant Currie, who is encouraging all community clubs to host a bake sale for Red Nose Day.
Currie, the risiing Warrington Wolves second rower who lives in Lowton, was formerly at Golborne Parkside RLFC and hopes as many different age group teams from as many clubs as possible will join in.
Comic Relief supports a number of Rugby League projects and has invested around £500,000 in 37 projects since 2012 including: • Cumbria Schools RLA • Glasgow Wheelchair Rugby League Club • Castleford Tigers Community Trust, Hunslet Hawks Womens & Girls ARLFC Comic Relief has also provided grant funding for 12 Super League and Championship Foundations and supported the work Rugby League Cares does on ‘state of mind’ projects.
With the support of Comic Relief the club Foundations have been able to provide specific support to various groups in their local community carers, older people and young people have all benefit from this work.
England Rugby League coach Steve McNamara said; “The England players appreciate the great work Comic Relief supports in local communities which is why we want to encourage fans to raise as much money as they can for Red Nose Day by taking part in these fun challenges.”
Commenting on the England Rugby League players support Chris Rostron, Rugby League Cares General Manager said: “Comic Relief is a great campaign and raises an amazing amount of money for worthy causes every year, including community Rugby League clubs.
"It’s fantastic that we have got some of our biggest Rugby League stars supporting Red Nose Day and I would urge everyone to join in with their team mates and families to take part in these fun challenges and help get the cash piling in.
"The money raised will help people living unimaginably tough lives here in the UK and across Africa as well as Rugby League Cares."
To make a donation to Rugby League’s fundraising for Comic Relief go to: http://my.rednoseday.com/sponsor/RugbyFootballLeague