Craig en­joys his char­ity rally ‘fix’

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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.

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