Craig enjoys his charity rally ‘fix’
In his retirement after leaving Murrumbidgee Council as its general manager last week, Craig Moffitt expressed a desire to spend his time designing and plotting out courses for charity rallies.
Mr Moffitt’s love for the job was revived in his final weeks at the helm of the council, when he took some annual leave to help with the rally for children’s charity Kidzfix.
Mr Moffitt mapped out the course for the annual car rally across NSW, Victoria and South Australia held last month.
Behind the wheel of the rally’s official vehicle, he plotted the 3700km journey starting in Broken Hill and to Flinders Ranges, Port Augusta, Clare, Victor Harbour, Mount Gambier, Renmark and the finish in Mildura.
‘‘I’m the road boss, so I organise the course and someone else organises the event, where we stay and the functions we’re doing,’’ Mr Moffitt said.
‘‘It was a successful rally. The course was interesting, and we had some good accommodation with a few parties.
‘‘My job is to travel on the bitumen roads going from point to point. We send out a driver at 5am to do the course and make sure it’s safe because it might have rained overnight.
‘‘If is has rained and we can’t do the set course, I need to find a new section for the cars to drive on and issue new instructions.’’
A total of 60 people, including drivers, navigators and support crew took part in the rally, which was navigated by 16 competitive cars.
The rally raised $180,000 for support services and appropriate medical facilities for sick and disadvantaged children.
Kidzfix was established in 2012, and Mr Moffitt said with his rally experience his involvement was a good fit.
‘‘I’ve said to the organisers if they ever need someone to design the course to contact me,’’ Mr Moffitt said.
‘‘In my time I’ve competed and mapped out more than 20 car rallies including the rallies for Camp Quality’s esCarpade.
‘‘The cars in this rally were 20 year old Holdens and Fords, either station wagons, utes or one tonners.
‘‘The course had a lot of variety for the drivers. We went from the dry, barron Flinders Ranges to sodden Mt Gambier hills.
‘‘It was one of the most relaxed rallies we’ve had,’’ he said.
■ Craig Moffitt (left) presenting his ‘official vehicle one’ assistant Maria Emery with a thank you award.