SOME of Australia’s finest rugby league stars of the recent past are headed to Tamworth.
Brad Fittler, Danny Buderus, Nathan Hindmarsh, Beau Scott, Mark O’Mealy, Michael Buettner, Nathan Blacklock and Ian Schubert are all former NRL stars who have also played many State Of Origins for NSW and Test matches for the Australian Kangaroos.
Former North Queensland Cowboys coach Neil Henry could also join that amazing cast of players for Brad Fittler’s 7th annual Hogs For The Homeless tour.
The annual Harley Davidson motor bike charity ride will touch down in Moree on Sunday before revving onto Tamworth on Monday for a 4.30pm clinic for junior footballers at the Plain Street Playing Fields.
Following the session the greats will head to the Southgate Inn for some refreshments and social interaction from around 6.30pm with whoever wants to turn up, advised The Pub Group’s Craig Power.
“It’s nothing official but we will have a Q and A with Jack Howard (2TM) interviewing them along with Michael “The Hitman” Squires,” Power said.
Before departing for Scone on Tuesday morning they will be involved in a Fit for Life session at the PCYC.
Since Fittler, who visited the region last month with his State of Origin squad, started Hogs For The Homeless in 2013, the initiative has raised almost $700,000 for Youth off the Streets to help disadvantaged youth, as well as helping junior rugby league clubs to raise much-needed funds and increase registrations.
“The Hogs For The Homeless tour has been a big part of my life and I look forward to the ride every year,” Fittler said.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to give back to the community every year and all the riders who take part really buy into what we’re doing.
“There’s a lot of people around the state who do it tough and it’s a humbling experience to know they can get a lift from just a simple hello, or having a chat.
“There’s also a lot of people from all over NSW who have great stories to share and I really enjoy spending time with them.”
This year’s tour had been expanded to include more activities and events, as well as welcoming new partners - the NSW Police and PCYC (who will run Fitness for Life boxing classes for fitness along the route), Red Energy (who have played a major role in the bus delivery in Tumut) and the Australian Hotels Association.