Paralympian Paul Nunnari rolled from school to school on his racing wheelchair last Friday to promote next month's 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur.
Led by a police escort, he was met by hundreds of students along the Campbelltown-to-Narellan route.
Nunnari urged schools to prepare teams for the annual community walkathon, to be held at the Campbelltown Athletics Stadium on October 19 and 20.
Unfortunately, public primary schools along the route were unable to get involved this year (due to a gala sports day), but there were plenty of other local hosts.
Nunnari - who won a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 - started with a large audience at Mount Carmel Catholic College in Varroville, then thrilled pre-schoolers at Pied Piper Kindergarten in Raby, before finding a guard of honour awaiting him at Eagle Vale High School.
From there, it was on to a warm welcome at Smeaton Grange's Magdalene Catholic College, before a big finish at St Benedict's Catholic College and St Justin's Catholic Parish Primary School at Oran Park - the latter having their whole school community welcome him.
Routes in previous years have taken Nunnari from James Meehan High School at Macquarie Fields, in Macarthur's far north, to Bargo Public School in the far south. Next year, a rural route from Camden to Oakdale is being considered.
"It's always great to go to new schools to promote this amazing local charity," Nunnari told the Advertiser.
"One of the by-products is giving students a platform to talk about how cancer has impacted them or their family, and hopefully also getting the schools involved with teams to join the growing 24 Hour Fight family."
All money raised by the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur goes to providing world-class cancer care to local patients at Campbelltown and Camden hospitals.
Paul's annual push is sponsored by Brad Purcell of Campbelltown's Bob Jane T-Mart, with other supporters including the Advertiser, C91.3FM, The Sleeping Giant and Oz Funland.
For Nunnari, the push is also a chance to remember his friend, the late Fred Borg, who founded the charity. The event is called 'Fred's Push' in his honour, and his son and daughter-in-law - Paul and Shareen Borg, join the convoy. After visiting the schools, Nunnari then rolled through Queen Street, visiting supporters such as Kings Charcoal Chicken, Bar Centrale and McDonald's.
To register a team in the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur - whether it's family, friends, workmates, a community group, sporting team or a school - go to 24hrfight.org.au.