League legends hit the road for the homeless

BRAD Fittler may have been across the ditch last weekend tackling the Auckland Nines, but the much-loved Sydney Roosters great will be in Orange next week as part of the Hogs for the Homeless charity ride.

An Australian and New South Wales rugby league legend, Fittler will be joined by fellow greats Nathan Hindmarsh, Matt Cooper and Ian Schubert in Orange on Thursday, February 27 for just one of 11 pit stops in a 3000km ride that ends on the eve of round one of the National Rugby League competition on March 6.

After travelling to Forbes and Wellington, Fittler and company will conduct a school visit in Orange before helping raise money for the Men Of League Foundation at a dinner at Duntryleague.

In a statement Fittler released on the NSWRL website, he said with over 100,000 people left homeless in Australia each year there was plenty to be done in the battle to help reduce the number of kids on the street.

“Every night when they attempt to go to sleep they struggle with both fear and hunger because they don’t have the security and comfort of a roof over their head and they have little if any food in their stomachs,” Fittler said.

“Those people in Australia who are homeless are largely ignored by the rest of the country.”

In conjunction with Father Chris Riley and his Youth off the Streets campaign, Fittler, Hindmarsh, Cooper and Schubert will ride Harley Davidsons throughout NSW to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth.

The quartet will ride from Bega to the Gold Coast and Wagga Wagga to Tamworth.

The stop in Orange will be the ride’s fourth break.

“Most young people experiencing homelessness are hidden from view and aren’t homeless by choice,” Fittler adds, with nearly 4000 homeless children under the age of 12 currently in NSW.

“Some of the most common reasons for the 42 per cent of homeless people being under the age of 24 is because of domestic and family violence and relationship or family breakdown.”

Tickets for the Men Of League dinner at Duntryleague are $40 each and can be purchased at the Duntryleague club.

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