Ian Rush backs the Sport Relief campaign

One of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief, takes place this weekend and Liverpool’s record goalscorer, Ian Rush, was on hand in Speke earlier this week to back the campaign.

Rush appeared at the Sportsdirect.com store in Speke Park to conduct an in-store signing for fans that lent their support to Sport Relief 2012 by purchasing an official T-shirt.

Rush said: “Buying a T-shirt and getting it signed is a simple thing to do, and the money raised will help people living unimaginably tough lives, both on our doorstep in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries, plus . I love mine, and want to see as many Liverpool and Wales fans in theirs as possible this week!”

This year’s Sport Relief T-shirt is available exclusively via Sportsdirect.com in store and online, and retails for £8 for an adult T-shirt and £6 for the junior, with at least £4 of the adult and at least £2 of the junior then going straight to Sport Relief.

The £4 donated from the adult T-shirt could pay for 10 children in Uganda to be tested for malaria so they can get a quick diagnosis and receive the life-saving treatment they desperately need, while £2 from the junior T-shirt could enable a young person living in a disadvantaged UK community to play football in a safe, nurturing environment after school, helping them to escape local gang violence.

As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. All the money raised by the public helps people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries.

The Sport Relief Weekend is happening from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March, but t-shirts are on sale now, and for the first time the 100% fair trade cotton T-shirts can be personalised.

People looking to go the extra mile in their T-shirt can also support Sport Relief by signing up for their nearest Sport Relief Mile by going to www.sportrelief.com

About Sport Relief

As the nation celebrates the biggest ever year of sport, the entire country can join in the fun with Sport Relief 2012 from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th March.

Over one million people are expected to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile as they raise cash to change lives at home and across the world’s poorest countries. And, with a whole weekend of top Sport Relief telly planned across the BBC, it’s all set to be huge.

From David Walliams’ Thames swim to Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 51 days, Sport Relief has a unique history of brave celebrities taking on gruelling physical challenges to raise cash and change lives. Sport Relief 2012 will be no exception with even more daring, vast and awe-inspiring celebrity challenges on their way.

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