Bak­ery Try­ing to Ce­ment a Deal

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

Glenorie Bak­ery pro­pri­etor Rob Pi­rina has called in one of the big guns to help lock in a Queens­land op­po­nent to take on his team in this year’s Pie of Ori­gin char­ity chal­lenge.

Af­ter be­ing re­jected by sev­eral Queens­land bak­eries, it was time to un­leash his se­cret weapon in for­mer Ori­gin fire­brand Mark Geyer, who be­came pub­lic en­emy in Queens­land in 1991 when he en­gaged in a volatile face-off with rugby league roy­alty – King Wally Lewis. Geyer was goaded by Lewis who was hop­ing to have the Blues en­forcer sent off.

It was an in­ci­dent that re­mains the most mem­o­rable in Ori­gin his­tory, be­tween a man with god-like sta­tus whose il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer was com­ing to an end and a gifted young back­rower with a short fuse.

Geyer, who uses his celebrity to raise funds for a host of dif­fer­ent char­i­ties, said at the time that he “didn’t know whether to punch Lewis or get his au­to­graph”.

Geyer’s in­volve­ment with this year’s Pie of Ori­gin was brought about by his friend­ship with Du­ral First Na­tional agent Adrian Ro­vere, when they met for the first time at a char­ity event on board the Ne­pean Belle back in March of this year.

“It was the day I got shaved at Glenorie Bak­ery for the World’s Great­est Shave,” said Adrian, who had one for­get­table sea­son with the Dragons back in the 1980s.

“Af­ter get­ting shaved within an inch of my life by my daugh­ter Court­ney, I headed off to Pen­rith where MG was the star at­trac­tion for an event rais­ing funds to sup­port a lo­cal char­ity (Queen of Hearts Foun­da­tion) that as­sists vic­tims of do­mes­tic violence in the Pen­rith re­gion.”

“When we met there was an in­stant rap­port. MG has been hon­oured for his amaz­ing com­mu­nity and char­ity work. I’m not sure if its Sir MG or Lord MG but what I do know is that we need more self­less peo­ple like him,” said Adrian.

Adrian said as soon as Geyer heard that money raised from the Pie of Ori­gin chal­lenge was go­ing to the Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal at West­mead and the Lady Ci­lento Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in South Bris­bane, he was only too happy to throw his con­sid­er­able weight be­hind the event.

By the time this goes to print, it is more than likely that an op­po­nent was found es­pe­cially af­ter Glenorie Bak­ery was in the process of send­ing off to all Queens­land-based bak­eries, the recipe for a special va­ri­ety of pie cre­ated by their in-house team of butch­ers and pas­try chefs.

“Ap­par­ently one of the se­cret in­gre­di­ents is a healthy nu­tri­tious ‘ce­ment-type’ sub­stance which will hope­fully, af­ter they make it and eat it, see one of the Queens­land bak­eries harden up and take up the chal­lenge,” Adrian said.

“To date all we are get­ting from the Queens­land bak­eries is a bunch of cream puffs. What we hope to do is un­veil a bak­ery with the meat­balls to take us on,” said Rob who re­vealed last year they raised $40,000 in to­tal - $20,000 for each hospi­tal.

“In the end, it’s not about who sells the most pies, it’s about rais­ing money for sick kids and hav­ing some fun along the way.”

Rob said there will be a big State of Ori­gin event at Glenorie Bak­ery just prior to Game One at which Mark Geyer will be the special guest. Plans are in place for it to be cov­ered by Chan­nel Seven.

Once the de­tails are bed­ded down, they will be on var­i­ous web­sites, all so­cial me­dia and the no­tice­board at Glenorie Vil­lage Cen­tre.

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