Fundraiser with ex­tra fun times

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

THERE are many ways to cel­e­brate birth­days – so when the big 50 rolled around for Heather Christie nine years ago, she de­cided to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

The Caloun­dra res­i­dent used the oc­ca­sion to sign up for her first Road Boss Rally and hasn’t missed one since.

Ms Christie said she had be­come hooked on the char­ity car ral­lies and es­ti­mates she had raised more than $70,000 for char­ity through them.

“They’re just a whole lot of fun, there is a real sense of ca­ma­raderie with them and you meet some great peo­ple,” she said.

“Plus it’s nice to be able to help raise some money for some re­ally good causes.”

For the last eight years, Ms Christie has tack­led the road in a 1966 HR Holden, but had to make a last-minute change for this year’s event due to some car trou­ble.

“Un­for­tu­nately the front end has a bit of dam­aged that we couldn’t re­pair in time for this year but that didn’t stop me,” she said.

“I just sub­sti­tuted and de­cided to just drive my X-Trail in­stead.”

Ms Christie and the 180 other en­trants in this year’s rally reached their fi­nal stop in NSW last week and or­gan­iser Jamie Law­son said they were hope­ful of beat­ing last year’s fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“The Road Boss Rally raises funds for na­tional on­line char­ity GIVIT,” Mr Law­son said.

“Last year it raised $264,321 for the char­ity and we are look­ing on track to bet­ter that this year.

“It’s great to be able to give peo­ple a fun ad­ven­ture and help such a good cause.”

GIVIT is a na­tional not-for-profit that con­nects those who have with those who need, on­line in a pri­vate and safe way.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.givit.org.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RALLY ON: Heather Christie re­cently fin­ished the Road Boss Rally.

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