Origin Walk for Life
MATT Rawle and Jordan Macey visited Warwick this week to pave the way for their Origin Walk for Life through Warwick after Origin II.
Rawle said the idea of walking from Brisbane to Sydney for charity snowballed after one Origin match when he said he would walk between games if he had to in order to see the next one.
A Broncos supporter, Rawle is a Queenslander who lives in Sydney. He will walk the whole distance.
Macey has played Australian Sevens rugby and was in the Manly NRL squad in 2005 before injury skittled his rugby league dreams.
From Port Macquarie, he is a Blues supporter.
Macey, half marathon runner Laura Jarman, Australian touch rep Mark Thompson and OzTag star Arron Rogers will each walk part of the way.
They will leave Suncorp Stadium at full time after Origin II on June 16 and walk to Centenary Bridge, Aratula and Maryvale on their first three stopovers.
On June 19, they will walk from Maryvale to Warwick and arrive at the Horse and Jockey, which is sponsoring their accommodation for the night. They will raffle a jersey for their charities and spend some time at the evening DJ entertainment at the Horse and Jockey.
They plan a June 20 stopover at Stanthorpe.
The walk will end when they reach ANZ Stadium in Sydney for Origin III and be involved with the coin toss before the game. There is only one section that Rawle is not looking forward to – the stretch up Cunningham’s Gap.
Rawle, who calls himself an average parochial Queenslander, has a Q tattoo on one arm the size of an small apple.
“I wore Speedos and Maroon body paint to a Suncorp game and got spat on going out of the stadium,” he said. “The difference between Queensland and New South Wales is we care more about Origin.”
The walkers hope to raise $50,000 which will be split between Australian Red Cross, the McGrath Foundation and Luke Priddis Foundation (autism).
NRL star Priddis and retired Australian hooker Mario Fenech are among prominent supporters of the walk. Anyone keen to support the walk through the Southern Downs should call Macey on 0404 013 649.