Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler today announced details of a special "Hogs For The Farmers" tour in September to help lift the spirits of drought-stricken farmers and their families in addition to a donation of $66,000 from the NSW Rugby League and the Blues partners.
Fittler, assistant NSW coach Danny Buderus and True Blues Josh Perry and Ian Schubert will ride their Harley-Davidson motorcycles from Sydney's Northern Beaches Harley to Tamworth (5 September) and Coonamble (6 September), to meet and greet locals, host a coaching clinic and a community barbecue.
The NSWRL and Blues partners - Brydens Lawyers, The Star, nib, Lion and Canterbury - have joined forces to back the extension of Fittler's "Hogs For The Homeless" concept as well as making a donation to the Channel 9 Today Show Drought Relief Appeal.
Fittler said: "It is heartbreaking to see what is happening in these rural areas so we are hoping our visit can help in some small way to provide relief to the farmers and their families by bringing smiles to their faces, as well as providing much-needed funds.
"I am really grateful to all of the partners of the Blues for coming on this very special journey with us. I know some of them are already doing great things to help this very worthy cause so their additional support of the Drought Relief Appeal and our Hogs tour means a lot."
NSWRL Head of Commercial Jodie Cross said: "It is great to see our commercial partners extend the tremendous support we receive from them for the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues during the Origin period to such a worthy cause."
In addition to their support of "Hogs For The Farmers" and the Channel Nine Today Show Drought Relief Appeal, Blues partners are also assisting the drought-stricken rural community through a variety of initiatives including Lion's Iron Jack "Beers for the Bush" campaign and nib's free health insurance offer for farmers.