Help out Cure Kids at car rally
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.