Paul "The Chief" Harrogan

I acknowledge the Charlestown electorate's celebrity and rugby league legend Paul "The Chief" Harragon for coming runner-up in the recent reality television show I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! Paul had to endure some horrendous and revolting conditions during his six weeks in the South African jungle. With little food and a raft of creepy-crawly challenges, Paul did it all for a good cause—to raise awareness and money for the Mark Hughes Foundation. This foundation promotes research, awareness of and support for brain cancer patients and their families.

 

The Hunter region is renowned for its spirit of mateship. Paul's time in the jungle demonstrated this, as he took every opportunity to talk about the brain cancer that hit his former Newcastle Knight's team mate, Mark Hughes, three years ago. In an honourable move the winner, AFL player Brendan Fevola, gave half of the $100,000 prize money to the Mark Hughes Foundation, which has since been matched by the Hunter's McDonald Jones Homes. I commend and congratulate Paul and the people of the Hunter who rallied behind and supported the Chief throughout the competition.