Back to the ‘50s fundraiser
Friday, 23rd March, 2012
By Gayle Hogan
Rollerskaters and hot rod owners will roll and rev to help raise money for a baby boy who lost his mother earlier this year.
The Broken Hill Desert Rats Hot Rod and Custom Club, Hungry Jacks and the Broken Hill Roller Derby League have joined forces to raise funds for Hayden.
Hayden’s mother Kelli Shepherd passed away when he was two weeks’ old and his family have been rallying to raise money to help with the cost of his upbringing.
The fundraiser will be held at Hungry Jacks in Argent Street on Tuesday, April 10 from 6pm to 9pm.
A number of hot rods will be on display and roller derby girls will don their skates and 1950s style outfits to serve as waitresses.
Some proceeds from orders will be donated to Hayden’s family and a donation tin will also be passed around.
Desert Rats Secretary Marie Leva said as many as 25 hot rods from across Australia could be at the fundraiser.
The local club has invited hot rod owners to use Broken Hill as a “pit stop” on their travels to the Big Rivers Nationals meeting in Barmera.
“We’re happy to have the cars there and display them and we thought the roller derby girls would add a nice twist to it,” Ms Leva told the BDT Truth.
The day will also feature a “party motor” - a 454 Chevrolet supercharged motor on a stand which runs on methanol and will be revved by its owner.
“That will draw a crowd,” Ms Leva said.
The Desert Rats was formed about two years ago and has held a number of community fundraisers but “this is by far the biggest,” Ms Leva said.