UP FOR GOOD CAUSE
HE Ute Run began more by accident than design. Darwin couple John Obolevics and Trish Creedon were flying the flag — literally — of patriotic fervour one Australia Day and it snowballed from there.
‘‘My partner John is the proud owner of a 1977 Holden HX one-tonne ute, his baby, his pride and joy,’’ Trish said.
‘‘On Australia Day 2001 we dressed the ute up with the Australian and Territory flags flying from poles attached to the roll bar, we both had our Australian t-shirts and hats on, flag tattoos on our faces and off we went to locate and participate in Australia Day activities.
‘‘After hours of driving around and around and around we did not find any activities that we wanted to participate in.
‘‘We drove into the CBD, down to the wharf, into the Cullen Bay precinct, out along the Stuart Highway and still nothing. Everything was indoors.
‘‘The entire time people in other vehicles were tooting, cheering, waving, chanting ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’ and a number of vehicles began following us around town.’’
Trish said the Australia Day Ute Run was born that evening.
‘‘From very humble beginnings we have created a monster, but a monster that is great fun, increasing in popularity every year,’’ she said.