International speedway rider and captain of the King’s Lynn Stars Rory Schlein has set a target of raising £10,000 for Breast Cancer Care by the end of the season.
The popular racer was inspired to support the charity after Gemma Boxall, the sister of his mechanic, Lee Broughton, lost her battle with the disease.
The 31-year-old left husband, Tom, and their three children, six-year-old Lily, four-year-old Kiera, and Wills, one. Family and friends gathered for her funeral at Mintlyn Crematorium yesterday.
Rory 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 and it knocked me back a bit and made me think ‘I want to help’.
“We have lots of things planned during the season and I hope, with your help, we reach the target of £10,000.”
He has decided to let his beard and hair grow until the last home Stars meeting of the season against Swindon on August 27, to be shaved off during the interval.
There are lots of ways for supporters to get involved with fundraising.
Special pink Shave The Roo wristbands will be available at tracks around the country and can also be bought via his website.
A range of merchandise will also be available with all profits going to the Shave The Roo challenge.
The fundraising builds up to July 16, when Lynn Speedway will turn the Norfolk Arena pink for the night with fans urged to dress in pink to support Rory’s challenge. The Stars will be wearing special one-off race jackets which will be auctioned off to help raise funds.