Platform Lift Company director Andrew Skelton is driving a 20-year-old car 2500km over mainly dirt roads for six days to raise money for children suffering from cancer.
Mr Skelton is taking part in Camp Quality’s biggest annual national fundraiser, esCarpade, which will take him from Bundaberg in Queensland to Wollongong on the NSW South Coast via the Great Dividing Range.
Mr Skelton, whose national company is based in Balgowlah on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, will be driving a 20-year-old Subaru Liberty station wagon along with his co-driver Michael St James.
Mr Skelton then formed the Mars Racing Team with friends Chris Liehr and Louie Armenis, who will drive a Holden HJ 75. Together they aim to raise about $50,000 for Camp Quality.
Both cars had to be extensively modified at the owners’ expense and are fitted with fire extinguishers, first aid kits, radios, trip computers, dust lights and tow balls. Entrants also pay for their own accommodation and all expenses.
esCarpade manager Monika Kodrun hopes that the fundraiser will reach their target of $1.3 million, which goes towards supporting children with cancer and their families.
Along the route, the esCarpade crews will visit primary schools where the McDonald’s Camp Quality puppet show will be performed.
Camp Quality’s esCarpade starts in Bundaberg on Sunday and includes a lap of Mt Panorama, before finishing in Wollongong on Saturday, October 19.