Three friends rev up for 795km trip in a golf buggy
IT’S proving to be a slow and tedious trip to the border for three Rockhampton residents, who are driving a golf buggy from their home city to Killarney to raise money for children with cancer.
Travelling at 23.3kmh, Rob McIntyre, Larry Riley and Larrissa Hagens will take 10 days to complete the 795km trip from Rockhampton to the New SouthWales border in the nine-and-a-half horsepower buggy.
“I’ve set up an account with GuinnessWorld Records,” Ms Hagens said.
GuinnessWorld Records have a 250km record for a golf buggy set in England.
“We will be attempting to quadruple that record for Camp Quality on main roads and highways,” Mr McIntyre said.
“Remember, this is an unmodified golf buggy with a 9.5hp single-cylinder motor as donated by the wonderful people at Hamilton Island.”
The journey will feature overnight stops at Wowan, Moura, Cracow, Mundubbera, Durong, Jandowae and Cecil Plains, Leyburn and Warwick before a big rest at the New SouthWales border at Killarney.
While having a much-needed break in Eidsvold during the week, enjoying breakfast and a hot shower, Ms Hagens said they had left Rockhampton three days earlier and slept in swags on the side of the road the night before the venture turned into an adventure.
“Rob is the one who organised it all,” Ms Hagens said.
“We are trying to raise $20 for each kilometre as we travel, so we are hoping to raise $20,000 for Camp Quality.
“Hopefully we get a good crowd at each of the towns we stop in.”
Hamilton Island Resort supplied the buggy and Toll Mining provided a mine-spec four-wheel-drive dual-cab ute to escort the buggy to Killarney.
To get behind the worthy fundraising cause, like the Buggy to the Border Facebook page and follow the links to donate.