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When some of Country Education Foundation's passionate volunteers came up with the idea of pushing a giant model pig from Boorowa to Orange to raise funds to get more rural and regional young people on their way to further education, training and jobs, we thought, why not?
It's all about going the whole hog for youth education - something our dedicated volunteers do every day.
And now you can join the fun and help raise funds to get more country kids on their way to further education, training and jobs.
Get involved and change lives by making a donation or sponsoring a team.
What's the CEF Pig Push all about?
The 2017 CEF Pig Push is an on on-road charity event with all funds raised going to Country Education Foundation to support further education, training, jobs and mentoring for rural and regional young people.
Passionate supporters will be covering approximately 200 kilometres across country NSW in an attempt to go the whole hog for this great cause. It's our mission to raise over $50,000 through sponsors and fundraising events along the way.
When and where is the CEF Pig Push taking place?
Over seven days in late March 2017 teams of supporters will push a giant model pig for 200 kilometres, from Boorowa to Orange, NSW. Now that's going the whole hog!
Each day will require two teams to cover approximately 30 kilometres (about 15 kilometres pushing per team). Teams will be made up of crews of approximately 10 people.
Teams will be sent off and welcomed in style by the locals at each destination. The event will be followed by a full support crew and lunch and activities will be provided to keep morale high and the festivities fun. Local cafes, pubs, community groups and organisations are providing refreshments and support at each destination.
Day 1 - Sunday, March 26: Boorowa to Frogmore
Join CEF for the launch of the 2017 CEF Pig Push in Boorowa, NSW. There will be local celebrations and a "Blessing of the Pig" from 9am in Pudman Street, Boorowa.
Day sponsors: Corkhills Engineering / Long Track Pantry
Pushing teams: Weekend Warriors / Boorowa Central School
Day 2 - Monday, March 27: Frogmore to Darbys Falls Road
Frogmore Hall will be hopping with a BBQ breakfast for pushers and supporters. Night time activities will return to the Top Pub in Boorowa for a supporters dinner and fundraising evening.
Day sponsors: Fugen Constructions / Boorowa Real Estate
Pushing teams: 40 and Fit / Boorowa Rovers
Day 3 - Tuesday, March 28: Darbys Falls Road to Cowra
The crew will be treated to breakfast at Superb Bakery Boorowa before heading back to Darbys Falls Road to embark on the journey to Brougham Park, Cowra.
Day sponsors: Kennys Creek Angus / MH Premium Farms
Pushing teams: The Fit Farmers
Day 4 - Wednesday, March 29: Cowra to Canowindra
After a hard day's pushing and fundraising teams will make their way down Gaskill Street, Canowindra where they'll be welcomed by locals before retiring to the Canowindra Hotel for dinner and refreshments.
Day sponsors: Windridge Farms / Alinta Energy
Pushing teams: The Boorowa Girls / Cowra Eagles Rugby Club
Day 5 - Thursday, March 30: Canowindra to Cargo
The Canowindra Hotel will send teams off with a full belly to make the trek to Cargo, where they will be met by locals and enjoy a well earned dinner at the Cargo Inn.
Day sponsors: Birdsall Leather / The Boorowa Hotel
Pushing teams: The Sydney Fit and Friskies / The Boorowa Goldies
Day 6 - Friday, March 31: Cargo to Nashdale
After breakfast at the Cargo Inn the pig will make it's way to a fantastic community reception at Nashdale Hall.
Day sponsors: Kalplant3D / GrainCorp
Pushing teams: City Slickers / The Young Guns
Day 7 - Saturday, April 1: Nashdale to Orange
All teams are invited to a BBQ breakfast at Nashdale Hall and to join CEF on the final 10 kilometre push into Orange, where there will be a reception fundraising event to celebrate the conclusion of the 2017 CEF Pig Push.
Day sponsors: Enforcer Rugby
Thanks also to the following Pig Push Sponsors;
How can I get involved in the 2017 CEF Pig Push?
Pushing a giant pig from town to town through country NSW is going to be an event not to be missed.
We're looking for people to join or form pushing teams, sponsors, donors and friends to help spread the word about this fantastic fundraising event. The event is insured and has been signed off by RMS, local councils and is local police. There is a full support crew travelling with the event and refreshments will be provided.
You can get involved and help raise awareness and funds for youth education by clicking the donate button above, emailing Country Education Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or giving us a call on 1300 652 144.