Danny Buderus has always been brave. He showed this often in his playing days.
And as this photo shows, he’s also not afraid to have a tub in freezing cold water on a trek to Mount Everest base camp. (That’s his mate Kurt Gidley on bucket duty).
As the Herald reported back in October, Buderus was part of a 28-man trek to Mount Everest base camp to raise money for brain cancer research.
“The biggest thing was to raise awareness and a lot of money – $500,000 for the Mark Hughes Foundation,” Buderus told Topics.
“It was also a good chance to reflect, look at scenery instead of phones and talk.”
The trip took a turn when six members of the group were struck by altitude sickness.
“For me, we walked back a little bit too quick – we got a bit frivolous.
“One of the things I took out of it was – once we got to our goal, which was base camp – the next phase was still important.”
Buderus is applying this lesson to life in general.
“When you have short-term goals, it’s important to set another one,” he said.
There’s also those long-term goals, like the ones that go for 40 years.
Buderus celebrated his 40th birthday earlier this month. His wife, Kris Buderus, threw him a surprise birthday party.
“I’ve had an enjoyable and fun 40 years. I’ll try to attack the next 40 with the same passion and make it a better 40,” he said.
These days, Buderus is assistant coach of the NSW Origin side [the coach is Brad Fittler] and a pundit for Fox Sports.
He’s also part of The Full-On Footy Tour, which hits Newcastle on Tuesday.
The tour will include a school visit and a footy clinic at Kotara Bears Junior Rugby League Club.
The tour’s main event is a Sportsman’s Night at NEX in Newcastle.
“It’ll be a bit like the Matty Johns Show,” he said.
Buderus still lives in Newcastle and often meets former Knights teammates for early-morning workouts.
Kurt Gidley provides tailored programs for the boys, reflecting the days of Knights training.
They push themselves pretty hard.
“You’ve got to get some sweat going on. Sometimes we get a bit too much out of our comfort zone and get a slight twinge or tear. It’s all fun and games,” Buderus said.
Training with the boys is in his DNA.
“I can train by myself, but it’s great doing it as a team,” he said.
He believes this kind of camaraderie is important in life.
“You need to rely on each other and help each other get through things,” he said.
Another activity he likes doing in a group is riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He was doing exactly this on Friday in the Hogs for the Homeless event.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to help raise money and awareness of different causes and needs that are out there,” he said.
The Sportsman Night will also feature Matty Johns, Bryan Fletcher and Nathan Hindmarsh.
Newcastle councillor Carol Duncan posted a picture to Instagram of this unusual Mazda in Bond Street in Newcastle East.
Now that, we must say, is a super car.
We were strolling towards the Sparke Helmore building at Honeysuckle, where the Newcastle Herald’s office is located.
As we approached the foyer, we noticed a random pair of black high-heeled shoes.
The owner was nowhere to be seen.
What was the purpose of these shoes? Had she (or he) had enough of the uncomfortable shoes and dumped them?
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