Rallying around for kidneys
Tuesday, 17th August, 2010
Floods and heavy rain hasn't stopped car rally drivers raising money for Kidney Health Australia.
The competitors in the Kidney Kar Rally arrived in the city yesterday about 4pm after driving 690 kms from Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.
Mike and Barbara Kluver said a few sections had to be cancelled due to the rain, with most of the 47 cars having to towed out after becoming bogged in the "bad lands" between Swan Hill and Murray Bridge.
But Mr Kluver said the event was great because of what participants got to see.
Competitors do little fundraising during the rally but have 12 months from the end of the competition until the start of the next one to raise the bulk of it.
"We had a car that raised $58,000, which is a great effort," said organiser Arthur Davis.
This year the drivers will cover 4800 kms in eight days.
They eat a three-course meal each night in each town, and Mr Davis said they also had a bit of a "muck around." But he said they were breath tested before they headed off the next day.
Today they leave at 7:30am for the 845km drive to Quilpie in Queensland.