Geir Rishaug is a Norwegian member of Leeds United Supporters Club of Scandinavia (LUSCOS). He walked from Svolvær to Narvik, Norway after losing a bet on striker Patrick Bamford scoring 17 goals or more this season.
Geir has walked 230 kilometres over several trips, taking him across snow-capped mountains, hills and lakes. Hehas raised more than £12,000 for two Leeds charities - Simon on the Streets and Leeds Fans Food Bank.
Geir Rishaug commented:
“I have been a dedicated fan of Leeds United and member of LUSCOS for over 40 years and myself and many LUSCOS members would usually watch every Leeds game live. My last match was against Sheffield Wednesday in April 2019, but Covid-19 has meant we have been unable to visit the city, watch the live games and support the Leeds economy. We are, therefore, keen to continue to support great causes in Leeds and these two charities do great work. I’m a man of my word so have taken on my bet and hope fellow Leeds United supporters across the world will support me and donate too.”
Natalie Moran, CEO at Simon on the Streets added:
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Geir and the LUSCOS supporters have chosen us and Leeds Fans Food Bank to support. It’s particularly exciting for me as both the CEO of Simon on the Streets and as a fellow dedicated Leeds fan!
“We’re all behind Geir and will be Marching On Together in spirit as he tackles his Norwegian journey!”
To donate to Geir’s fundraising pot visit https://www.spleis.no/project/179815.