Weird and wonderful drive benefit
THERE was a tee-off with a difference at Warwick Golf Club yesterday morning when 66 weird, wacky and very loud cars gathered before departing on the next leg of their eight day esCarpade.
Now in its 19th year, the rally from Tamworth to Warialda raises money for Camp Quality, which provides camps for children with cancer so they can have some fun with family and friends.
The charity also helps raise awareness in schools by putting on a range of puppet shows and talking to children.
As well as driving 400 to 450kms everyday, participants are also stopping in schools during the trip and are hoping to raise $1 million for Camp Quality.
Volunteer Mike Bennie said, “The great thing about this is that all the money that’s raised goes to very tangible works and directly reaches children with cancer.
“A lot of it stays local.”
The noisy convoy of brightly coloured automobiles is accompanied by an ambulance, which does breath tests as well as dealing with any accidents if they occur, and three full time mechanics to deal with any car troubles and ensure the group keeps moving.
Over the years esCarpade has travelled more than 52,000kms and visited more than 275 towns across Australia.
The convoy will stop in at locations on the Fraser and Sunshine coasts before finishing up at Warialda on October 23.
Want to make a tax deductible donation? Visit www.campquality.org.au