UPDATE: Scone to Sydney charity walking duo close in on Singleton

NEARING SINGLETON: Ed Goff and Harrison Badger pictured 18km north of Singleton this morning on the New England Highway during their Scone to Sydney charity walk.
NEARING SINGLETON: Ed Goff and Harrison Badger pictured 18km north of Singleton this morning on the New England Highway during their Scone to Sydney charity walk.

UPDATE (9:30am): International walkers Ed Goff (England) and Harrison Badger (Ireland) are closing in on Singleton this morning in their attempt to trek from Scone to Sydney to raise much-needed funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS).

The 21-year-olds are hoping to arrive at their destination on Friday, February 21, with $20,000 in the kitty.

The duo has already raised $10,000 (see full story).

"At this stage, we're feeling great after completing 40km in the first day and we're encouraging as much interaction as possible," Mr Goff told the Singleton Argus this morning.

DAY ONE: The duo pictured in Scone ahead of their 270km challenge.

DAY ONE: The duo pictured in Scone ahead of their 270km challenge.

Mr Badger has resided in the Upper Hunter for the past two years, working at Kitchwin Hills Stud and Scone's Yarraman Park respectively.

His English counterpart has called Australia home for one year and has been working at Yarraman Park for the past three months.