Footballers fundraise for flood victims

Fundraising for fans: Path to Picton walkers including club legend John Skandalis and The Footy Show's Beau Ryan arriving at Campbelltown Stadium. Picture: Dan Talintyre
Fundraising for fans: Path to Picton walkers including club legend John Skandalis and The Footy Show's Beau Ryan arriving at Campbelltown Stadium. Picture: Dan Talintyre

They walked 80 kilometres and raised more than $20,000.

The Wests Tigers have proven its dedication to the Macarthur region with a massive fundraising event – the Path to Picton – held last Wednesday.

The event raised money for the flood-affected Wollondilly residents after last month’s devastating wild weather.

The walking party left Concord Oval, one of the Tigers home grounds, on Wednesday morning and headed through Burwood and Liverpool before arriving in Campbelltown around 5.30pm.

Four people walked the entire distance between Concord Oval and George IV Inn in Picton – club legend John Skandalis, former player and current Tigers community manager Shaun Spence, Tigers communications manager Craig Heydon and Picton Magpies RLFC’s Olivia Davies.

The entire playing squad walked the first stretch of the Path to Picton and former players, staff and various special guests joined the core crew throughout the day.

Walkers included Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe, Ray Hadley, Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, former players Mark O’Neill and Paul Whatuira, Lee Hagipantelis from major sponsor Brydens, and politicians Jai Rowell, Russell Matheson and Paul Hawker.

Fans were also thrilled to see Sauaso Sue at Campbelltown Stadium and James Tedesco – a Menangle local – walking the final stretch from Picton train station.

The Path to Picton raised $22,150, adding to Jai Rowell’s flood relief fund, which raised more than $80,000.