Fundraiser with extra fun times
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.
RALLY ON: Heather Christie recently finished the Road Boss Rally.