Darron Gibson welcomed a group of loyal Blues fans to Finch Farm on Thursday to wish them well ahead of their mammoth bike ride to raise money for two of the Club’s charities.
Members of the Mid-Cheshire, Southport Independent Blues, Rice Lane, Taxi Club Blues, Lancaster and Morecombe, Croxteth Blues, Walnut Blues, Ellesmere Port and Denbigh Supporters' Clubs will travel up to the North East to watch Everton take on Sunderland on 20 April but instead of returning on their usual coaches, they will cycle the 202 miles back to Goodison Park.
The group are taking on the expedition, named the 'We're Everton Aren't We' tour, in a bid to raise £50,000 for Everton in the Community and the Everton Former Players’ Foundation, a charity that provides help and support to any former Blue who has made at least one first-team appearance for the Club.
To help the avid fans prepare for their bike ride, Gibson offered up some fitness advice to ensure they are in tip-top condition to complete the challenge.
“This is a really big challenge for the boys and I wish them the best of luck," said Gibson. "Riding all that way is not something I would relish, so fair play to the lads for doing it. I hope the fans get right behind them and donate anything they can afford as the charities they are fundraising for are really worthy causes.”
The fans will kick-off their bike ride on Sunday 21 April and are hoping to arrive back at Goodison Park four days later.
Kenneth Sweeney, Secretary of the Everton Mid-Cheshire Supporters' Club, has organised the ride and praised the charitable work of the Club.
He said: “When you see the work that Everton in the Community carries out at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the initiatives like the dementia programme, it shows just how important these charities are and it spurs you on.
“The charities improve people’s lives and make a real difference to our communities. If every Evertonian gave a pound, we’d easily reach our target.”
The cyclists will be fundraising in the Everton Fan Zone ahead of the Sunderland game, so make sure you go along and show your support!
To keep up-to-date with the challenge, visit the group's Facebook page or follow them on Twitter via @toffeestogether.
You can also sponsor our brave cyclists, by clicking here. Good luck to all involved!