Wigan Warriors raise £16,500 in support of Rob Burrow
A banner is displayed in support of former Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow who is suffering with motor neurone disease.
Congratulations to Wigan Warriors and their fans who have raised a fantastic amount of £16,500 for the Rob Burrow Fund after 30 embroidered home shirts were sold via the Club’s Community Foundation eBay page.
On Sunday 16th August, Wigan played Leeds Rhinos in Round 9 of the Betfred Super League and every Wigan player wore a special embroidered shirt in support of Leeds legend Rob Burrow.
All players from the Warriors first team squad chose a word to describe Burrow – who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019 – and the 17 players who featured against Leeds adorned their chosen word alongside their name on the Wigan home shirt.
The shirts that were worn by the players in the game, as well as jerseys of the first team players who were not involved in the match day squad, were all up for auction on the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation’s eBay account.
Due to some of the original bidders sadly retracting their winning bids in the initial auctions, four of the 30 shirts were re-auctioned in a new round of bidding last week, allowing us to now confirm this fantastic contribution that we have made to the Rob Burrow Fund, which is supporting Rob in dealing with his diagnosis and raising awareness to aid research into MND.
Ebay have further supported the cause by agreeing to waive their auction fees for all 30 shirts; a wonderful gesture for a more than worthy cause.
As a Club, Wigan Warriors would like to thank everyone who placed genuine winning bids for their amazing generosity in helping to raise funds for Rob and to eBay for their assistance in boosting the final total.
Wigan Warriors executive director, Kris Radlinski, said: “Raising this amount of money for Rob is truly humbling for everybody involved but the reason we wanted to do something in the way we did, was so we could all let Rob know what people think of him.
“The intrinsic effect of this campaign is far more important than the money to Rob at this time. Knowing that people think so much of him will fill his heart full of love. That’s what life is about.”
Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield added, “On behalf of Rob and everyone at Leeds Rhinos, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the Wigan club, especially Kris Radlinski who did so much to pull this fundraising effort together. To those of us involved in our great sport, this show of support from our rivals will come as no surprise, in the toughest of times we come together. Whilst the two teams will be battling it out for a place at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, it is heartening to know that the camaraderie of Rugby League off the field remains as strong as ever.”
For more information on the Rob Burrow Fund, click here