Weasley Brothers Take Part in Wacky Rally

By Hanako M. Ricks

HollywoodNews.com: Onscreen, they portray brothers who give each other a hard time, but are always supportive of each other and their family. Offscreen, it looks as though nothing has changed. Actors Rupert Grint and twin brothers James and Oliver Phelps, who portray Weasley brothers Ron, Fred and George, respectively, in the Harry Potter series of films, joined together this past weekend to participate in the Barmy to Barcelona Wacky Rally, a fundraiser that benefits the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The RNLI is a charity that provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the U.K. and RoI, as well as a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in England and Wales.

From the press release regarding the event (provided by RupertGrint.net):

Harry Potter stars Rupert Grint, and brothers Oliver and James Phelps are rallying support for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) by taking part in the Barmy to Barcelona Wacky Rally this weekend.

Rupert, Oliver and James have really pushed the boat out with their 1992 Vauxhall Carlton rally car, decking it out in the familiar livery of an RNLI all-weather lifeboat.

Continuing with their maritime theme, the trio have entered the race as The Salty Sea Dogs and aim to raise awareness and funds for the charity that saves lives at sea.

Taking in the amazing Swiss Alps, rolling hills of Italy, French Riviera and the Spanish Catalan capital, The Salty Sea Dogs are hoping to propel their way to a competitive time in their first wacky rally.

Oliver Phelps comments:

‘The idea of a wacky rally seemed like quite good fun, while also being challenging. Having great admiration for the work of RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards, who often face challenging situations, it made sense to choose to support them and their lifesaving work. The distinctive RNLI colours also gave us great inspiration for the car.’

Oliver and brother James have supported the RNLI previously by taking part in the charity’s national fundraising day, SOS Day, which takes place annually on the last Friday in January.

Rupert Grint adds:

‘We expect to “coast” to Barcelona ha ha. This is a brilliant way to see some great bits of Europe and even better that we can do it for a great cause. We’ve even got company in the form of a seagull perched on the boot of the car; we’re hoping it won’t need rescuing when the rally starts for real! The RNLI does a fantastic job but it’s only possible because of people’s donations. Help us to help the RNLI by going on to our fundraising page www.virginmoneygiving.com/thesaltyseadogs, it would be really appreciated!’

In 2009, RNLI lifeboats rescued 8,235 people and RNLI lifeguards aided 15,957 people.

On a side note, information was posted on RupertGrint.net regarding fans who may try to meet the stars during their run:

Please note: We’ve been asked to let fans know that the best way to show your support for Rupert, James, and Oliver is to donate to the RNLI on their donation page and to please not try to meet them at the finish. This is a well-deserved personal vacation for our hardworking lads after a very long shoot on the final Harry Potter films, so out of respect for them and all the rally participants please do not try to meet up with them on the route.

Photo courtesy of RupertGrint.net

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