Raith Rovers fans on virtual sponsored walk to Germany

A group of Raith Rovers fans will be putting their best foot forward as they walk the distance from Kirkcaldy to Germany.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 12:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 2:27 pm
20-03-2021. Picture Charlie Gilmour. AYR. Somerset Park. Ayr Utd v Raith Rovers. SPFL Scottish Championship.

The 11 supporters will rack up the 1102 miles to Kirkcaldy’s twin town of Ingolstadt in Germany and splitting all the proceeds between Raith Rovers and the Kirkcaldy Foodbank.

And their fundraising efforts got off to a flying start as they bypassed their target of £500 before even taking a single step.

The idea is the brainchild of Rovers fan Martin Glass who said he had been looking to raise money for the club for some time.

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“It was something I had wanted to do but getting things sorted and getting the backing has been tough, especially in these times.

“So I got a few Rovers fans that I know who are quite active on Twitter and got them together to ask if they were game and everyone was.”

The virtual sponsored walk began on Tuesday – with a new target of £1000 – and Martin says they have given themselves 60 days to complete the task.

"We will finish on May 22 which is when FC Ingolstadt 04 play their final game of the season which is at home.

"They're actually on a title push to get up to 2 Bundesliga, so that would be even better!

“I've been in touch with Ingolstadt and some of their fan groups are hopefully going to get involved.

“We go out on our walks, or the daily amount that we do at work, and we come together at the end of the day and share our totals.

"I've put on a bit of weight recently during lockdown so this is giving me a wee kick up the bum to get out there!

“We've also decided that if we find it quite easy to do we can always do the return journey."

Martin says that the backing they group has received has been “amazing”.

He said: “We've had lots of support from the players who’ve shared our story on their own social media pages.

“Ross Matthews in particular has been brilliant. He also got us a signed shirt which we're going to auction on Twitter and the club have also given us their backing.”

He added: “The togetherness on this has been fantastic.”

To make a donation go to www.gofundme.com and search for ‘Raith Rovers to Germany ‘Sponsored Walk’.