To celebrate 150 years of the formation of the first 'Football Association', local supporter group Punjabi Wolves are undertaking a charity challenge with a difference and celebrating a number of other related 'firsts'.
♯Wolves2Paris will be a charity bike ride with a ‘Punjabi’ twist, with this groundbreaking event seeing a traditional Punjabi rickshaw from India, with a life size cut-out of Wolves legend Billy Wright, crossing the Channel for the first time in history.
Billy Wright was the first player to reach 100 caps and captained England a record 90 times while playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolves themselves are marking the 25th anniversary of becoming the first club to win all four English league titles and now Punjabi Wolves themselves are getting their first international call up!
Punjabi Wolves have been in extensive training for the ride and there are 20 registered riders who are undertaking the gruelling but very worthwhile challenge.
Over the course of four, days from tomorrow (Wednesday) to Saturday the riders will cover 400 miles on their own bikes while taking it in turns on the Punjabi Pedicab.
Commencing at Molineux in the early hours on day one, Punjabi Wolves will complete the challenge by early evening on day four by reaching the Eiffel Tower after cycling via Moulineaux in France, where Benjamin Molineux the founder of Molineux Stadium's ancestors can be traced back to.
This could be the longest rickshaw ride to have taken place in the northern hemisphere, surpassing the previous record by a factor of three, set by Punjabi Wolves themselves, on their previous rides from Wolverhampton to London.
Satty Sanghera, main sponsor of the event from Neilsen Automotive, said: "It is heartwarming to be involved with such an ambitious project supporting, most importantly, six great causes."
Punjabi Wolves have set a mammoth fundraising target of £100,000 from their 2013 various fundraising events, hoping to smash 2012’s record of £58,000.00.
This year the charities that will benefit from the Rickshaw and Bike ride are Promise Dreams, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust, Punjabi Wolves own India Project and the Royal Centre For Defence Medicine.
Punjabi Wolves are proud to support all of the armed forces and the soldiers who bravely put their lives on the line to serve and protect the country. And, in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby who tragically lost his life last month, all riders’ jerseys will be specially adorned with "Remembering Drummer Lee Rigby" on the left sleeve.
Andy Sahota, Chairman of Punjabi Wolves, said: "We are proud to support the excellent work of all the charities, but this was a gesture at the request of all the riders to show that what happened to Lee will not be forgotten."
Fans can support Punjabi Wolves as they cycle to raise funds for all the charities by visiting their web page www.Cause4appalause.co.uk Every penny donated goes to the charities.
* Congratulations to Punjabi Wolves on winning the Community Excellence Award from the Black Country Asian Business Association (BCABA)