He’s a long way from his home in the UK, but Robbie Dolan is kicking goals for charity during the Rugby League World Cup.
Rugby League ball in hand, Robbie is currently running 1800km from Melbourne to Brisbane for his fundraising campaign called “The Longest Try”.
After setting off on his journey from AAMI Park in Melbourne on October 22, Mr Dolan arrived in Sawtell on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of a fundraiser at the Sawtell Hotel on Thursday night.
The Longest Try is raising money for three children’s charities, Miracle Babies Foundation and The Children’s Tumour foundation of Australia, and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity in the UK.
With the trip entirely self-funded, local Coffs Harbour business Watson’s Caravans and RV’s have donated a motorhome to Robbie and his partner Miriam to use along the way.
Speaking on Triple M, Robbie told Moffee, “it was something that we didn’t expect. If it wasn’t for Watson’s, we would have struggled financial to complete this. With thanks to them, they’ve managed to make the longest try happen”.
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing, suffering an injury in Canberra, however Robbie has managed to continue on with the run.
“We’ve had our ups and downs. We had a bit of an injury in Canberra. I’ve probably only rested for about 3 or 4 days in the time we’ve been going”.
Robbie is expecting to arrive at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on December 2.