Australia may be considered the lucky country to many, but for 105,237 Australians this isn’t the case. One in 200 people are homeless in Australia on any given night, including more than 47,000 young people who struggle with fear and hunger on a daily basis.
It was with this in mind that in 2013, NSW True Blues Brad Fittler and Nathan Hindmarsh conceived the idea of Hogs For The Homeless. The pair, with the support of the NSWRL, enlisted the help of other former Rugby League players for what would become an annual fundraiser, riding their Harley-Davidson motorcycles throughout country NSW.
Along the way they would raise money for Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets, a non-denominational community organisation working for young people who are homeless, drug dependent and recovering from abuse. The visit to regional communities also has the added benefit of promoting Rugby League, with free clinics held and footballs given away to promote participation in the Greatest Game Of All.
Since its inception, Hogs For The Homeless has raised almost $760,000 for Youth Off The Streets, while thousands of balls have been provided to children and dozens of communities visited. You can donate directly to Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets by clicking here.
During the drought crisis that faced NSW in 2018 and 2019 the NSWRL Hogs turned their attention to regional communities and supporting NSW Farmers from re-turfing football fields to delivering a school bus.
In 2021 the NSWRL Hogs trips transformed again after Brad Fittler found out the extent to which regional NSW was struggling with mental health and suicide, which lead to bringing along for the ride Gotcha4Life and Gus Worland.
Gotcha4Life's mission is to end suicide and educate Australian's on strong mental fitness techniques.
Follow the Hogs tour on social media with the #H4H hashtag and at NSWRL.com.au.
About Youth Off The Streets
Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for young people who are homeless, drug dependent and recovering from abuse. It supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal traumas such as neglect and physical, psychological and emotional abuse.
Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth-specific agency offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.
There are 25 services including Aboriginal programs, crisis accommodation, alcohol and drug services, counselling, accredited high schools, outreach, residential programs and a mentoring program. Volunteers support Youth Off The Streets every step of the way.
Youth Off The Streets is accredited as a Designated Agency for Out of Home care and maintains policies and procedures that comply with the benchmark standards as defined by the Office for Children the Children's Guardian.