7 Jun 2024

Rhinos to celebrate the life of Rob Burrow on Headingley return

Leeds Rhinos will celebrate the life of legendary player Rob Burrow CBE when they return to AMT Headingley on Friday 21stJune.  

The game will be played on Global MND Awareness Day and in recent years this match has been a key date in the calendar for the club’s fundraising support of the MND community. 

The game will be an emotional night for everyone at AMT Headingley with Rob Burrow’s former team mates returning to mark the occasion and remember their friend as part of a special night of celebration with the club once again working with Sky Sports for the match night activity, just as the Rhinos did for last year’s Global MND Awareness Day. 

The Rhinos will also welcoming members of the MND community to the game to raise awareness and funds for those impacted by the disease. Tickets for this game are available to purchase now at tickets.therhinos.co.uk

As part of the club’s ongoing commitment to the continue to raise funds for MND, the team will wear a special one off fundraising kit for the day. The kit has been designed by Cath Muir from Richmond in North Yorkshire and was approved by Rob a number of months ago before he passed away last Sunday. With permission from the Burrow family, the kit will now be worn in memory of Rob. 

Cath Muir was diagnosed with MND in 2014 and has since done a whole of host of fundraising activities herself including a parachute jump and riding coast to coast with her sister. Cath is a talented artist using her EyeGaze machine and she has used the same method to design the new look kit for the Rhinos.

The shirt features an iconic image of Rob Burrow alongside his friend Kevin Sinfield which Cath painted and presented to Kevin at the end of the first day of last year’s 7 in 7 in 7 Challenge in York. The bold MND-related colours set the kit apart from the Rhinos usual designs and also features Cath’s drawing of a blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), the symbol of hope for MND around the world because of its fragile appearance but hardy nature. Like the cornflower, people living with MND show remarkable strength in coping with this devastating disease.

Since the first MND awareness kit back in 2020, Rhinos official technical partner Oxen have donated £150,000 to MND charities helping to continue to bang the drum for those impacted.

The replica kit is available to buy online and in store from 9am on Friday 7th June. Adult shirts are sized XS to 6XL with Ladies shirts available in sizes 8-18 for £51.99. Junior shirts and toddler kits are available for £39.99 in sizes age 6 to 14 and ages 0 to 4 respectively.  Adult and junior replica shorts are also available. £10 from the sale of every replica shirt will be donated to the Leeds Hospitals Charity appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND. The shirt is available to order now here https://bit.ly/3KujkSF

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