Heroes on Hogs at Narooma School

FOUR Harley Davidsons ridden by Australian rugby league legends roared into Narooma Public School causing quite a stir on Monday morning in an effort to get homeless youths off the streets.

Charity organisation Hogs for Homeless is the brainchild of Nathan Hindmarsh and Brad “Freddy” Fittler which promotes awareness of and raises money for the growing problem of homelessness.

Freddy and Nathan have brought Matt Cooper and Ian Schubert along for the ride. The Blues are sticking to their home territory and are completing a 12-day trip through their beloved state of NSW.

The stars talked footy, hogs and homeless to a receptive audience of over 400 students in the school hall.

Next it was down to business with a game of Austag on the school field. Although not exactly the Sydney Football Stadium the atmosphere was electric.

In a match to rival any State of Origin decider the Year Six school side, with the help of Matt Cooper, rallied and really took it to the other NRL boys and came away with a narrow one point victory.

The focused, well-drilled outfit of Narooma Public School up-and-comers were more than a match for the State of Origin players despite the help of principal Paul Sweeney and teachers Mrs Hextell, Miss Harding, Mr George and Mr Russack.

Principal Sweeney was delighted for his students to have had the opportunity to meet the high-profile footballers and for the school to contribute to the worthy cause to the tune of $400.

Freddy said the money would go toward buying swags for homeless people.

Before mounting their hogs the footballers were keen for a meet and greet session with the students who were thrilled with the chance for an autograph and a handshake.

Principal Sweeney was hard to tell apart from his students as he lined up eagerly to meet Rooster stalwart Freddy Fittler.

As the stars got changed out of their footy gear and back into their leathers the students lined the driveway as the Harleys charged away to their next stop.

Still pumped after the game Mr Sweeney said it was a wonderful experience and a rare opportunity for the children to meet and spend time with four Australian Rugby League players.

The Hogs for Homeless event had managed to raise over $100,000 before the advocates had even left Sydney on Sunday.

They had taken off form the city after a footy ground sleep-out with over 100 people before heading down the coast and staying overnight in Moruya.

The lads plan to be back in Sydney next week in time to see the NRL season kick off.

The Hogs raffle is still underway and tickets costing $10 are available online. There are some great prizes including a 1200 Sportster Custom worth $18750 donated by Harley Davidson.

For further information and to buy raffle tickets go to blueshogsforhomeless.com.au

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