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Danny will join 22 other riders on the 500-miles cycling adventure from Niagara Falls to Central Park, Manhattan, in May when he hopes to raise over £5,000 for the Samoan international.
Mose is currently being treated in Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, after suffering a serious spinal injury in a freak incident during Hull KR’s pre-season friendly against Wakefield Trinity in January.
Danny drew the curtain on a glittering Super League career at the end of last season after making 465 appearances for Leeds Rhinos, Hull KR, England and Great Britain. He won eight Super League titles with Leeds and helped lift the Challenge Cup twice.
“The UK Red Empire State 500 is going to be incredibly tough for me, I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m expecting it to test my fitness and determination to the limit,” said Danny.
“Any discomfort I feel is nothing compared to what Mose is enduring.
“I was lucky in my career that I never suffered a serious injury and I can’t imagine what Mose and his family must be going through.
“It would be great to raise £5,000 for Mose and his family: it would be even better to smash that target.
“With the help of the Rugby League family we can do it: I know everyone has a lot of demands on their hard-earned cash but this is a very special cause for a very special bloke.”
The riders will meet up in Toronto on Saturday May 2 and attend the Wolfpack v St Helens fixture before travelling to Niagara Falls, USA. The following morning, the ride sets off on its 500-mile off-road course through the heart of the Iroquois Nation along the Erie Canal and Appalachian Trail and Hudson valley, arriving in New York City on Friday May 8.
To assist Danny’s magnificent efforts to support Mose Masoe and his family, please sponsor him via his Justgiving page
The money was raised by the Lions at their annual reunion luncheon last month, partly from the sale of commemorative Lions Association rugby balls donated by the event sponsors, Ellis Rugby.
Mose, 30, is currently being treated at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and hopes to be able to move out of bed into a wheelchair in the next few weeks.
He is facing a lengthy period of intensive rehabilitation at the dedicated spinal unit, where the former Samoa international and his family are being supported by the RL Benevolent Fund.
John Ledger, Secretary of the Rugby League Lions Association, said: “We hope this small donation will help Mose and his family at what is clearly a very traumatic time for them.
“Our annual luncheon was a huge success attended by some of the greatest players ever to play Rugby League and they feel privileged to be able to help another player in his hour of need.”
Over 70 Lions attended the 2020 reunion lunch, including RL Hall of Fame inductees Billy Boston MBE, Malcolm Reilly OBE, Neil Fox MBE and Alex Murphy OBE. Hull KR Lions Phil Lowe, Mike Smith, Ged Dunn, Garry Clark and George Fairbairn were also in attendance.
The RL Lions Association was established in 1945 and is run on behalf of players and staff who have been involved in tours or international tournaments in the southern hemisphere with Great Britain, England or Wales, in the 1975 World Championship.
Mose is currently being treated in Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, after suffering a serious spinal injury in a pre-season game against Wakefield Trinity on January 12.
RL Benevolent Fund General Manager Steve Ball said: “This is yet another magnificent gesture from an organisation that truly understands the values of the Rugby League family.
“Since its inception, the Steve Prescott Foundation has been a major supporter of the RL Benevolent Fund and this donation will help us to provide Mose and his family with the support and care they need at this critical time.”
The £10,000 donation is in addition to a cheque for £40,000 presented to the RL Benevolent Fund at the RFL President’s Ball, which was held on the eve of the match in which Mose was injured.
Steve Prescott Foundation Chairman Mike Denning said: “The injury to Mose could happen to anyone who takes to the rugby pitch. Mose is a well loved Rugby League player and has been a fans’ favourite at every club he has played for.
“The SPF continues to support the RL Benevolent Fund in its purpose to provide relief for players who suffer serious injury, resulting in life-changing circumstances whilst playing the greatest game. We are sure the amazing people who support and raise funds for the SPF would want us to give extra support Mose and his family during this testing time.”
The Steve Prescott Foundation will make collections for Mose at the GPW Recruitment St Helens 10k Run and encourage the 2,000 runners to ‘Bring a £1 for Mose.’ The SPF has also been given permission by Super League champions St Helens to stage a bucket collection at the match against Hull KR on March 26.
The Steve Prescott Foundation has donated over £621,000 to the RL Benevolent Fund to date and is committed to continuing that support in 2020 through major fundraising events, including a cycle ride from the Eiffel Tower to Blackpool Tower; the Yorkshire Three Peaks; and Machu Picchu Rainbow Mountains Trek in October.
A Justgiving page set up to help Mose and his family has already raised over £40,000.