Vintage visit starts journey
A one-of-a-kind 1924 Presentation Vauxhall caught the eye of motorists this week as the classic car travelled through the Wimmera as part of a 10,000-kilometre drive across Australia.
Philanthropist and honorary Consul of Monaco in Melbourne Andrew Cannon AM is making the drive as part of his long-term commitment to raising awareness and money for the Cathy Freeman Foundation.
The two-month journey, through Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory, outback Queensland and NSW started in Melbourne on Monday.
Mr Cannon aims to raise $150,000 for education programs for Aboriginal children as he and the car arrive in towns and cities across regional and remote Australia.
“I’m passionate about sport and about education, and I can’t think of anything more important than ensuring that all Australian children have opportunities to thrive at school,” he said.
“I am proud of what the Cathy Freeman Foundation has achieved in 10 years in improving school attendance and completion in some of Australia’s most remote indigenous communities.
“There’s so much potential to do more.
“I’m really keen to get out there and spread the word.”
The foundation funds education programs in four remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
LONG DRIVE: Andrew Cannon with his 1924 Vauxhall. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER