Camp Quality car rally to kick off in Port Macquarie, raising money for kids in need

READY TO DRIVE: Marcus Hughes all dressed up for the 2016 car rally. Photo: Contributed
READY TO DRIVE: Marcus Hughes all dressed up for the 2016 car rally. Photo: Contributed

From October 21-28, a team of entrants known as ‘esCarpadians’ will take on Camp Quality’s annual motoring adventure, driving from Port Macquarie to Toowoomba in Queensland.

The cars in the esCarpade must be at least 20 years old, and in 2017 over 70 cars will take on the adventure, with each team having spent the last 12 months adorning their cars in whacky themed decorations and fundraising for Camp Quality.

This year’s esCarpadians include some of the longest standing veterans, as well as some newcomers who will take on the adventure for the first time.

Camp Quality esCarpade Event Manager, Susan Fleming is excited to see so many old and new faces coming together for this year’s event.

“It really is such a rewarding experience for everyone involved,” Mrs Fleming said.

TOOT TOOT: Along the way the cars will encounter people in many towns up the NSW coast. Photo: Contributed

TOOT TOOT: Along the way the cars will encounter people in many towns up the NSW coast. Photo: Contributed

Camp Quality is a registered, not-for-profit, children’s cancer charity which has been operating in Australia since 1983 and relies heavily on the generosity of everyday Australians and corporate partners to keep programs and services running.

The organisation does not currently receive any substantial financial support from government yet provide services free of charge, to children all over Australia.

“It is a week totally fuelled by fun and laughter.

“These esCarpadians become friends for life, it’s not about a race or a rally, it’s about the kids and the community,” she said.

Along the way, they'll pull into towns with a fanfare of sirens, horns, lights and colour visiting local schools with Camp Quality's puppets who perform an interactive show that answers difficult questions kids have about cancer.

The car rally kicks off in Port Macquarie on October 22, with car drivers covering a distance of 2,188kms on mostly dirt roads over seven days.