Help out Cure Kids at car rally

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Justine Glu­cina

Cure Kids is looking for vol­un­teers to help col­lect money at one of New Zealand’s ma­jor car rallys on Oc­to­ber 27.

Peo­ple are needed from 8am to 2pm at the 2008 Dun­lop Targa event at the Tel­stra Clear Pa­cific Events Cen­tre in Manukau to col­lect for the Make it Jin­gle cam­paign.

Cure Kids event co­or­di­na­tor Pip Martin says vol­un­teers only have to do­nate an hour of their time, and they will have the chance to view $20 mil­lion to $25m worth of cars on dis­play at the regis­tra­tion day, for free.

Over the past six years Cure Kids has been the char­ity of choice for the 2008 Dun­lop Targa which has raised more than $350,000.

Money goes to fund vi­tal re­search for chil­dren’s lifethreat­en­ing ill­nesses such as in­her­ited heart dis­ease, obe­sity, pain­less tests for child­hood can­cer and type 1 di­a­betes.

Around 20,000 fam­i­lies na­tion­wide have chil­dren who live with a life-threat­en­ing ill­ness.

En­try to the Labour Day event is via a gold coin do­na­tion to Cure Kids.

At 2pm the cars will leave the sta­dium and travel to the Manukau shop­ping mall where the cars will be on dis­play.

They will re­turn to the sta­dium at 5.30pm for the evening show un­til 9pm.

There will be about 150 fully fledged race cars, and around 30 Narva Tour ve­hi­cles – non-com­pe­ti­tion cars.

Out­side the sta­dium there will be dis­plays in­clud­ing off-road cham­pi­onship cars, sprint cars, dirt track cars, Porsche Club cars, and BMWs, as well as a Honda dis­play with a 10-me­tre-high in­flat­able quad bike.

Targa event di­rec­tor Peter Martin says the penul­ti­mate part of the event is the “full throt­tle week­end in Man­u­aku City”.

Cars will leave the sta­dium the next morn­ing, with one go­ing ev­ery 30 sec­onds, from slow­est to fastest.

Some of the speed­ier cars in­clude the Nis­san Sky­line, the Porsche TG3, the 2008 Mercedes Benz CLX 63 black se­ries coup, and the hy­brid 1973 Mark 1 Es­cort with Nis­san twin turbo V6 en­gine.

“We’re an eclec­tic group of peo­ple and ve­hi­cles,” Mr Martin says.

“The field has a huge va­ri­ety, from the 1959 Ford Thun­der­bird to the 1964 Fiat Abarth Bam­bina.

“A lot of money goes back into re­gional com­mu­ni­ties as we travel through their part of the world.”

The 2000-strong en­tourage will spend $1m a day, and about $7.5m over the week.

The Targa runs un­til Novem­ber 1.

For in­for­ma­tion about vol­un­teer­ing call Pip Martin on 355-1482 by Oc­to­ber 24.

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