Three Widnes fans are set to embark on a rugby league road trip with a difference, all for the benefit of the charity Rugby League Cares.
Dan Ince and his two friends Beck and Mike will purchase an old car, and set off on a 2,000-mile round trip which will culminate in Perpignan, in the South of France.
Their intention is to shwo respect to the rugby league fans of French Catalonia, as well as to raise money for charity.
They are also hoping to receive a signed shirt from each of the Super League clubs and have their car signed by all first team players at each club.
All of the collected Super League shirts and the car will be auctioned off following their return.
The trio plan to camp along the way, rather than using hotels, and will also be eschewing digital navigation technology, perferring to use old-fashioned maps to find the way.
The journey will be launched on Thursday April 2, and will begin in earnest on April 4.
“Rugby League Road Trip began as a normal away day plan, as we have wanted to visit Perpignan for a number of years,” the three travellers revealed.
“However, it presented a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the sport and the great work Rugby League Cares does.
“Our sport is truly unique in the way that every Super League club is uniting to show their support for the umbrella charity of rugby league and the effort Catalans Dragons put into competing in this great sport.
“We’re sure that rugby league fans will be interested and entertained by our Rugby League Road Trip.”
The group will be posting regular ‘vlogs’ on social media sites during the journey, keeping track of their progress.
“We are proud to be associated with Dan, Beck and Mike’s journey and are extremely humbled to have been chosen as their nominated charity,” said Rugby League Cares operations manager Katie Irwin.
“The generosity of ordinary fans of rugby league never ceases to amaze us, and we will be offering any help we can to the lads along the way.”