WHEN Blake McGee got the call saying he’d been picked to star in a new reality adventure TV series hosted by celebrity Ricki-Lee, the rugby league player couldn’t believe it.
Picture: MARK SCOTT Erina rugby league player and coach Blake McGee — now a TV star.
The Erina Eagles player and coach was one of 10 people in NSW hand-picked to take part in the Life Changing Adventures show, where contestants go on a mystery “adventure of a lifetime”.
Then a painful on-field tackle almost put an end to Mr McGee’s TV dream, weeks before filming was due to start.
The series, hosted by singer Ricki-Lee, follows a group of everyday “heroes” raising money for charity. The second part of the challenge sees the participants taken to a mystery location where they will complete challenges designed to push them out of their comfort zones.
“I was playing against Berkeley Vale when I heard this massive crack,” recalls Mr McGee of the spiral fracture which has left his leg in a cast.
“But luckily the show’s producers have said I can still take part in the show, which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, even though I still have no idea what they will be asking me to do, or where I will be going,” he said.
Mr McGee and “team NSW” is raising money for Ronald McDonald House charities in NSW. Each team member has to raise $15,000 before setting off on his or her mystery adventures next month.
“While I’ve raised over $8500 so far, I’m still looking for sponsors to get on board and help me reach my target,” said Mr McGee, who will host a charity cocktail party at Terrigal this weekend.
No stranger to helping others less fortunate that himself, last year Mr McGee organised a charity comedy night to raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead oncology ward inspired by his friend, eight-year-old Terrigal leukaemia survivor Bosco Harris.
“After that experience I was keen to help kids on the coast again, and my family has also used the Ronald McDonald services so I know how vital they are,” he said.
“So when I heard about this opportunity I couldn’t wait to go for it.”
While he said having a broken leg on set may prove a real challenge, he’s raring to go. “What’s a broken leg compared to what these other people are going through?”
Money raised by Mr McGee and the Life Changing Adventures NSW team will go towards the new Ronald McDonald Family Room, which will be built within the newly expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
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