Rugby League Cares Raises over £36,000 on 6-day USA Bike Ride

June 20, 2022, By

Our Charity Partners Rugby League Cares have raised over £36,000 to fund their ongoing work to support current and former players in their wellbeing and lives both on and off the pitch. We’re extremely proud to have sponsored them on this fantastic fundraising feat!

In early June, a group of 18 individuals, including high profile former Rugby League Internationals and others seeking the challenge and experience of a lifetime, took on the UK Red Empire State 500.

The Route

The UK Red Empire State 500 is an epic 520-mile bike ride from Niagara Falls to Central Park, New York.

The challenge lasted 6 days. From the famous Niagara Falls, they followed the historic Erie Canal to the state capital of New York, Albany, before heading south along the Hudson River on sections of the Appalachian Trail.

Along the route they passed the ancestral homelands of the native American Iroquois, Sioux and Algonquin tribes, through Amish communities, seeing small town America like never before.

The adventure concluded with a ride through the Bronx, Harlem and along Broadway into Manhattan to finish in the iconic Central Park.

Slater Heelis was a kit sponsor for the bike ride and followed the team through their online documenting of the bucket list adventure on social media.

The Fundraising Total

On the day the cyclists arrived at the finish line in Manhattan, they hit 100% of the fundraising target and since then, the funds have continued to come in. As it stands, they are currently at an incredible total of £36,853 – still with more time for people to donate to congratulate their efforts.

To donate to the cause, you can head to their JustGiving page here.

The entire total raised on the UK Red Empire State 500 will go to help deliver the health and wellbeing programmes run by Rugby League Cares to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the towns, villages and cities wherever Rugby League is played.

Our Partnership

Over the last two years RL Cares has made a positive impact on the lives of more people than ever before and the funds raised on the ride will allow them to keep making a difference where it matters most.

We are into our second year of our partnership with Rugby League Cares, providing legal support in all aspects of the personal elements and business matters of those involved in, or retired from, Rugby League. Further info can be found in our services for sports professionals area.

We are honoured to have been able to be part of this mega fundraising effort and look forward to supporting Rugby League Cares in many more events and challenged in the future!