Olly and Olivia in 100m dash with a difference at Doncaster
Our much loved mascot duo, Olly and Olivia, are gearing up for a 100 metres dash with a difference at Doncaster race course.
Mascots from more than 20 clubs will take part in the sprint on Friday 26 October to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK through its charity partnership with The Football League. The Racing Post – which is also partnered with the charity – will be on hand to make sure the mascots adhere to race rules.
English football’s over-sized and outlandish representatives will take on the 100m course, complete with fences, in a battle for the line - with season long bragging rights going to the victor and his or her club’s supporters. Fans will be able to show their support for Olly and Olivia by texting their names to raise funds to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.
The competition will be stiff, but Notts County mascot, Mr Magpie, is the hot favourite having won the race last year.
Prostate Cancer UK’s partnership with The Football League will run throughout the 2012/13 season, with the aim of raising funds for and awareness of the disease amongst the football community and the wider public.
Claire Walsh, Head of Community and Sports Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK,said: “We are thrilled that so many mascots have unleashed their competive side to take part in the race in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Every penny raised by fans backing their mascot will help us support more of the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK . Regardless of who reaches the finish line first, in our eyes each and every mascot is a real winner for pledging to help make 2012-13 a season saving men’s lives.”
John Nagle, Head of Communications at The Football League, said: “I’m delighted that so many Football League Mascots will be helping us raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The Mascot Race is always a tremendous spectacle and a brilliant way to launch The Football League’s Official Charity partnership. May the best mascot win.”
Doncaster race course has also pledged to donate £1 to Prostate Cancer UK for every ticket sold over and above 4,000 on Friday 26 October.
To show your support for your club mascot and raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK, Text PROSTATE9 and either OLLY or OLIVIA to 70004 to make a £3 donation.