In July 2010, ICM received word that Rupert Grint and his friends and co-stars James and Oliver Phelps were participating in the Barmy to Barcelona Rally.
This Charity Rally set up by the RNLI was to collect money for their work.
The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are the first response team to help when in danger at sea, and have saved more than 139,000 lives since it’s inception in 1939.
The Wacky Rally is a regularly occuring event to raise money. The participants have to travel to their destination in a car that they done up for 250 pounds.
The Wacky Rally “Barmy to Barcelona” took place in July 2010.
The Salty Sea Dogs, Rupert Grint, Oliver Phelps and their friend Stu Manison (James was on another team actually) drove to Barcelona in a car designed to look like a lifeboat, including a seagull on the boot!
“We expect to “coast” to Barcelona, ha ha,” joked Rupert Grint. “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.”
The idea grew very quickly with frequent updates from the Rally, some from Oliver’s Twitter account and some with pictures, so a month before Rupert’s 22nd birthday, we started our project – and part of our birthday present for Rupert – “Rupert’s Army for RNLI”.
The first 22 donors to donate at least 22 Pounds would receive a personalized autograph from Rupert himself, and the top donor would receive an autograph from Rupert, James and Oliver.
The RNLI expressed their thanks for the support from Rupert’s fans, and told us that Rupert, James and Oliver had a great time during the Rally.
So thanks to all the fans, to Paul and the RNLI and to Rupert’s reps for their help!