Four mates tackle Va­ri­ety Chal­lenge

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Ju­lian Wright­mu­ni­ d482916

FOUR Perth mates tak­ing part in the Va­ri­ety 4WD Chal­lenge raised more than $30,000 be­fore they have even hit the road for the seven-day event that started on Sun­day.

The fundrais­ing trek started from Kal­go­or­lie and takes in Laver­ton, War­bur­ton and Uluru, fin­ish­ing in Kings Canyon on June 3.

Mike Man­nion, of May­lands, Carlisle res­i­dent An­drew Doig, Peter Doig, of Perth, and Jolimont res­i­dent Steven Mur­phy orig­i­nally aimed to raise $15,000 when they signed up for the chal­lenge, but in­creased it to $35,000 when it was ex­ceeded.

Mr Man­nion and An­drew Doig com­pleted a pre­vi­ous chal­lenge with their wives but this time made it a “boys only” trip.

This trip re­quired mak­ing a cou­ple of mi­nor al­ter­ations to the Man­nion fam­ily 2010 Toy­ota Land­cruiser.

“Mike’s us­ing his wife’s car so he’s put a roof rack on there and spare tyres, taken the kids seats out of the back and put the fridges in,” he said.

“I don’t know how four blokes are go­ing to fit in that lit­tle white car, es­pe­cially with two weeks worth of wine and swags.”

The team will have to cover up to 700km on Great Cen­tral Road in one day to en­sure they com­plete the chal­lenge.

They plan to take in even more of the WA out­back af­ter the chal­lenge is com­pleted.

“This trip, we will come back via the Gun­bar­rel Highway, so we will spend an ex­tra week; just us blokes if we haven’t mur­dered each other,” Mr Doig said.

“We’ve never spent this much time to­gether be­fore.”

Do­nate at https://4wd­chal­lenge2018. ev­ery­day­­drew-stevepete-car-12.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Mike Man­nion, Steven Mur­phy and Peter Doig on top of the 2010 Toy­ota Land­cruiser they'll be driv­ing for the Va­ri­ety 4WD Chal­lenge.

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