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Drovers Run ready to roll

Saturday, 3rd August, 2019

Drover’s Run Outback Adventure event co-ordinator Jeff Galbraith with his car ready for the big trip. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Drover’s Run Outback Adventure event co-ordinator Jeff Galbraith with his car ready for the big trip. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

The most ambitious Drover’s Run Outback Adventure will begin in Broken Hill tomorrow morning.

The event, which raises funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, will see 47 4WD vehicles convoy cross the Simpson Desert.

It continues to grow in popularity and when planning the route, stop-overs, and places to visit en route, a great deal of attention is given to making the adventure something that people would not get to experience otherwise.

All proceeds go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to ensure that no-one ever has to pay to be assisted.

Event co-ordinator Jeff Galbraith said participants had been arriving in Broken Hill since Wednesday.

“This is our sixth Drover’s Run. It was a biennial event and now we do it annually.

“It usually starts in Tamworth, but as we were doing the Simpson Desert, we wanted to get further in.

“We have been through Broken Hill before. We stayed in Silverton in 2017.

“We thought Broken Hill would be a great place as entrants could take their time getting here.

“It’s the perfect place to start, timing-wise.”

He said there were 96 entrants all up with 47 vehicles. So far they have raised $230,000.

“It’s the highest we have raised since 2017 when we raised $142,000,” Mr Galbraith said.

There will be a pre-event get together tonight at the Musicians’ Club at 6pm before the participants head off from the Westpac Bank about 8.30am tomorrow.

They will start arriving at 7.30am before heading out.

“We head towards Adelaide on the Barrier Highway before swinging north at Yunta and in to the Flinders Ranges from the east and our overnight at Alpana Station,” Mr Galbraith said.

“We will be travelling on a huge range of varying road conditions ranging from state highways to tracks that don’t even appear on the maps.”

Mr Galbraith said all the participants love the run.

“We love coming out here. Once you get past Gunnedah they really start to enjoy themselves.

“It’s amazing to see how green it is, it’s great seeing the country in different forms.”

The run will see plenty of activities with school visits, auctions, fine sessions, a poetry night and much more.

“The logistics of 47 vehicles across the Simpson is huge.

“If we can leave it without a footprint, we’ve managed a successful trip.

“I am confident we will raise over $250,000.”

The run will finish in Tamworth on August 17.

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