Vin­tage visit starts jour­ney

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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

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