Rugby league great helps Western Sydney take up the challenge for charity

Former Australian rugby league footballer, Wayne Pearce OAM, will join the first training session for participants taking part in the Coleman Greig Challenge, next Tuesday 8 September in Parramatta.

The Coleman Greig Challenge, held on Friday 23 October, is encouraging Western Sydney businesses to get fit, have fun and give back for a worthy cause - with all funds raised supporting St Gabriel’s School and Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

"The event gives participants the opportunity to run, ride or walk in one of the six event categories so there’s an option for everyone," said Coleman Greig Principal, Andrew Grima.

"We’re excited to have Wayne Pearce come along to support the first training session for the challenge. A former league player, coach and now motivational speaker, Wayne will be providing the warm up, hints and tips on fitness – and inspiring participants to reach peak performance at the first training session."

As a charity, RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.

"The support we receive from our community and corporate fundraisers, such as Coleman Greig, is truly fantastic. Organisations like RIDBC and St Gabriel’s can only continue our work with the help of the community, and we remain greatly indebted to this support,” said RIDBC Chief Executive Chris Rehn, who will also be running in the event.

“The generosity of our corporate partners goes a long way in assisting RIDBC to continue to provide innovative therapy and education services to children living with vision or hearing loss, and their families.”

For those wanting to give back to the community, raise their profile in Western Sydney and promote health and fitness in their workplace – registrations to the challenge are still open. To find out more, just head to 

RIDBC is a charity and Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

St. Gabriel’s School is a special school catering for primary aged children with disabilities, catering for children with special needs such as sensory impairment, intellectual disability in the mild to moderate range, and autism. The school has a proud history of providing special education for over 90 years.   

Media are invited to attend.

What: Wayne Pearce OAM joins the first training session for the Coleman Greig Challenge
When: Tuesday 8 September, 6:50am – 8:00am
Where: Opposite the ferry wharf along Parramatta Riverbank
Contact: St Gabriel's Communications and Development Manager, Candice Palin: 9634 2367 / 0458 106 636