Keighley Cougars will celebrate the outstanding work of the sport’s official charities, Rugby League Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund at Sunday’s fixture against Rochdale Hornets.
Fans are urged to turn up early to enjoy a wide range of fun activities before the 3pm kick-off at Cougar Park.
RL Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund support thousands of people of all ages across the Rugby League family every year and the Cougars are proud to be involved in the celebrations of two worthy causes.
The charities were incredibly supportive to Keighley’s players and staff following the tragic death of Danny Jones and have been there for Danny’s family ever since.
On Sunday, fans will get the opportunity to find out more about the work of RL Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund when Rochdale are the visitors.
The charities’ activities will focus around a specially-branded double decker bus featuring an interactive heritage display on the upper deck and health-focused messages and advice on the lowe deck.
Former Halifax, Sheffield and Ireland star Johnny Lawless, who now runs his own mental health first aid training company, Minds Matters, will be on the bus to share expert advice on how fans can best manage their mental fitness.
Visitors to the bus will also have the opportunity to watch a fantastic new video presented by RFL Chair Clare Balding detailing the work of the two charities and how they are making a positive impact to the lives of people young and old across Rugby League communities.
Face painters will be on hand to give younger fans an exciting new look and stilt walkers will provide entertainment ahead of kick-off.
Youngsters from two local amateur clubs, Silsden Storm and West Craven Warriors, will also feature in the matchday celebrations by parading a special banner on the Cougar Park pitch prior to kick-off.
“Everyone at Keighley remains indebted to the support of RL Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund and we are thrilled to be the first club to host a dedicated charities round fixture,” said Managing Director Lisa Gill.
“I’m sure our fans will love the entertainment on offer and have fun learning more about the work of two brilliant charities which deserve all our support.”
RL Cares and the RL Benevolent Fund are independent charities that rely on fundraising, grants and donations to keep enhancing people’s lives. To support the work of RL Cares visit www.justgiving.com/rugbyleaguecares; to support the work of the RL Benevolent Fund visit www.justgiving.com/rfluk
For more information about the sport’s two charities, please visit www.rugbyleaguecares.org
By Joshua Chapman