Great Escape car rally drivers Eden businessman Bryan Hammond and Pambula plumber Ricky Holt have raised a massive $24,540 to nearly top the money makers for this year’s fundraising rally for cystic fibrosis (CF).
With your help they could come out on top which would be a massive win for CF sufferers and their families, including two of Ricky’s brother’s kids who have CF.
The Great Escape rally is a fundraiser for cystic fibrosis research and involves a trek from Orange to Merimbula via South Australia’s Flinders Ranges in old cars, something that tickled the fancy of the local car enthusiasts.
The pair of Great Escape first timers have been raising money for the past 10 months, canvassing local businesses and holding fundraisers and at the official count on the opening night of the event on Monday
were announced as being just $175 short of the top figure.
“We were just pipped by some pretty seasoned campaigners, so for first-timers we thought that was all right,” said Brian.
“There are still opportunities to raise more money along the way, so who knows? Maybe we’ll come out on top yet.”
He’s a co-driver in a 1978 HZ Holden specially prepared for the 10- day event that has a special place in Ricky’s heart.
“My brother has two kids who suffer from cystic fibrosis and we found out about it when he told us he was going in it as well,” said Ricky from Orange on Monday, before Tuesday’s rally start.
“When we heard it finishes in Merimbula, we thought it’d be good to do and Bryan was looking for a rally to have a go at.”
The pair are driving from Orange to Leeton, Broken Hill, Wilpena Pound, the Flinders Ranges, back through Moama, Dederang, Marloo and arrive in Merimbula on October 18.
Those wishing to support their efforts can donate through www.thegreatescape.org.au or by phoning (02) 8883 4477. Tell them you want to donate to car 10.