Matt Rawle at the Pikedale Road turnoff between Warwick to Stanthorpe on his origin walk.
Matt Rawle at the Pikedale Road turnoff between Warwick to Stanthorpe on his origin walk.

Support best part of Origin walk

“WE wish every town was like Warwick” were the words of State of Origin walker Matt Rawle as he strode past the Balmain Leagues Club in Sydney at 3pm yesterday on the way to toss the coin at last night’s State of Origin game at ANZ Stadium.

Mr Rawle walked from Brisbane to Sydney between Origin games after his mates made him pay up after saying he would walk between Origins if needed to watch the Maroons.

On their first weekend on the road, the Origin walkers raised $1200 in Warwick for the McGrath Foundation and Luke Priddis Foundation from local junior rugby league, licensed premises and their home for the night, the Horse and Jockey.

After a three-week walk and treks through major centres, the Warwick fundraising was still the best.

“We expect the final figure to be between $20,000 and $30,000; I wish everywhere was as generous as Warwick,” Mr Rawle said.

“The Origin Walk received very little help from the corporate sector and most of the support was from the Joe Blows of this world.”

Mr Rawle was finishing the walk without heels in his shoes after walking into the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle for treatment for blisters.

“I sent a photo of my heel to friends and was flooded with messages about the need to seek treatment and was walking past the hospital at the time,” he said.



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