Hogs roll back into town

Snowy Valleys School student Jess Dean with Brad Fittler.

New South Wales Blues coach Brad Fittler and Parramatta legend Nathan Hindmarsh were among the Hogs For the Homeless riders who rumbled into Tumut on their Harley-Davidsons on Monday.

The Hogs, who also included Australian Kangaroos legend Ian Schubert and NRL referee Gavin Badger, visited Snowy Valleys School (formerly Gadara) and the Pie in the Sky bakery in Wynyard Street.

The Hogs first visited Gadara several years ago, and have been regular visitors since then, even playing a part in getting a new bus for the school.  

The Hogs were with mental health advocates Gotcha4Life, including their founder, Triple M’s Gus Worland, and were on their way to Griffith, after hearing the town was experiencing social problems.

Brad Fittler enjoyed catching up with the staff and students at Snowy Valleys School.

“It’s great to catch up with everyone here; even though some have moved on since the last time we were here,” he said.

“We have a connection with here. We initially came here as a fluke. We were in Wagga and someone said ‘why don’t you stop at this school in Tumut? We were going through Tumut so we said righto, and now any time we are in the area we come over.”

Snowy Valleys School principal Moira Kingwill was understandably happy to have them there.

“It’s nice to see them again because they have been so supportive of the school,” she said.

After Snowy Valleys School the group moved on to Pie In the Sky, where Nathan Hindmarsh presented big Parramatta fan Stephen Dean with a signed NSW jersey. From there they dropped into Valmar Support Services and let some of the clients sit on their Harleys.