Friday, May 2, 2014
Captain of the King’s Lynn Stars and international rider Rory Schlein has set himself a target to raise £10,000 for Breast Cancer Care by the end of the season.
The popular racer has decided to let his hair and beard grow until the last home King’s Lynn Stars meeting of the season against Swindon on August 27, where he will have it shaved off during the interval.
Mr Schlein, 29, decided he wanted to raise money for the charity after his mechanic, Lee Broughton, lost his sister Gemma Boxall to the disease.
Mr Schlein said: “Breast Cancer Care is a great charity and one I am keen to help by using my profile within the speedway world. My friend and mechanic Lee sadly lost his sister to the disease recently and to be honest, it knocked me back a bit and made me think ‘I want to help’.
“We have got lots of things planned during the season and I hope we can reach the target of £10,000.”
Mr Schlein, from Darwin in Australia, is known as ‘Roo Boy,’ so his challenge is aptly called ‘Shave The Roo.’
There are plenty of ways for fundraisers to get involved. Special pink ‘Shave The Roo’ wristbands will be available at tracks around the country and can also be purchased via his website, www.roryschlein.com.
A range of other merchandise will also be available with all profits going to the ‘Shave The Roo’ challenge.
To add to the fundraising, on July 16, King’s Lynn Speedway have agreed to turn the Norfolk Arena pink for the night with fans urged to dress in pink to support the racer’s challenge.
The Stars will be wearing special one-off race jackets which will be auctioned off to help raise funds.
Breast Cancer Care is a charity for that provides information and support for anyone who is affected by breast cancer, including family and friends of someone who is suffering from it.
Funds help to pay for anything from a headscarf for a woman who had lost her hair, to a block of therapy sessions with a specialist.
Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000 for any breast health concerns.
To keep up to date with Rory’s progress, see the EDP every Wednesday, as his challenge will be included in team-mate Niels-Kristian Iversen’s weekly column.