Percy is headed home.
The Country Education Foundation’s Pig Push is currently between Cowra and Canowindra on its journey back home but before arriving back in Boorowa on Saturday will be covering approximately 30 kms a day.
On Thursday the team will push Percy from Cowra to the Frogmore Road turnoff outside of Darby’s Falls.
The team will then take on the undulating terrain between the turnoff and Frogmore on Friday before the final uphill push from Frogmore to Boorowa on Saturday arriving back in Boorowa at 2pm.
When the Boorowa News caught up with the team on Wednesday they were making good time and were expecting to arrive in Cowra well ahead of their 6pm schedule despite the warm Autumn conditions.
Co-organiser Richard Fleming said the team had already raised $40,000 in its quest to raise money for the education of country children.
Richard said the team’s were rotating quite a lot to battle the hot Autumn conditions.
“We’re taking on a lot of water and hydralytes,” Richard said.
The team is hoping for a warm homecoming for Percy in Boorowa on Saturday where they will be officially welcomed by Hilltops Councillor Wendy Tuckerman before a reception at the Boorowa Top Pub.
Last year the team pushed Percy from Boorowa to Orange raising close to $60,000 along the way.
“This year, we are pushing Percy from Orange to Boorowa, the fact that we are bringing Percy home, that is what the Country Education Foundation is all about,” Richard said.
He said the Foundation provides scholarships to allow country students to study in bigger areas in the hopes that they, like Percy, will return and work in their rural and regional communities.
“They could end up employing someone else who will get a Country Education Foundation scholarship,” Richard said.