Outback Car Trek success
Friday, 25th June, 2010
Despite some bumps along the road the Royal Flying Doctor Service's 21st anniversary Outback Car Trek has ended successfully.
More than 330 people in pre-1971 cars took in some of the most remote parts of eastern Australia, travelling 3,741 kilometres in this year's event.
It began in Hay on June 6 and wound its way through outback South Australia and Queensland, before ending on June 12 on Hamilton Island, the destination of the first car trek.
Since it began back in 1990, the trek has raised more than $15 million for the RFDS.
While this year's tally has not yet been finalised, an RFDS spokesman said the goal of raising more than $1 million had been reached.
The final total will not be known for a couple of weeks because donations were still trickling in.
Trek organiser Bill Patrick said this year's event was "excellent".
"There was a large turnout and the country has never looked so good," Mr Patrick said.
He said despite the niggling mechanical breakdowns, the ingenuity of drivers was fantastic.
Travelling through Broken Hill was a highlight for Mr Patrick, even with the cold weather.
"A good time was had by all," he said.
Funds raised from previous car treks had helped the RFDS deliver emergency aeromedical and primary health care to communities in rural, regional and remote Australia.