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by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

A group of intrepid Evertonians will raise money for two of the Club’s official charities by cycling all the way back from Sunderland this weekend.

The Blues travel to the North East to take on Paolo Di Canio's Black Cats in a match that could prove crucial to their European aspirations.

But the weekend won't end with a leisurely coach ride back for the members of various Everton supporters' clubs who have vowed to tackle the 202-mile journey by bicycle.  

Adventurous representatives of the Mid-Cheshire, Southport Independent Blues, Rice Lane, Taxi Club Blues, Lancaster and Morecambe, Croxteth Blues, Walnut Blues, Ellesmere Port and Denbigh supporters' clubs hope the expedition, tagged the 'We're Everton Aren't We' tour, will raise £50,000 for Everton in the Community and the Everton Former Players’ Foundation.
To help the team in their fundraising efforts, midfielder Darron Gibson took time out last week to meet the riders at Finch Farm and learn more of their mammoth challenge.

“This is a really tough ask 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 get their bike ride underway on Sunday 21 April, the morning after the game, and hope to arrive back at Goodison Park four days later.

Kenneth Sweeney, secretary of the Everton Mid-Cheshire Supporters' Club, has organised the ride and says the causes are well deserving of their efforts.

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.”  

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!

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