Three friends rev up for 795km trip in a golf buggy

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR COMMUNITY -

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.

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