Next month's esCarpade hasn't attracted as many cars as usual so the charity is asking people to pick a team and donate as much as they can.
Camp Quality’s esCarpade, when 65 dressed up cars (all of which must be at least 20 years old) travel 2,500 km from Newcastle to Canberra sets off on 12 October 2012.
esCarpade is Camp Quality’s outback motoring adventure fundraiser, which stops off at Muswell Brook, Mudgee, Orange, Forbes, Lake Cargeligo, Griffith, Jerilderie, Wagga Wagga, Culcairn, Tumut, Jugiong and finally finishes in Canberra on October 19.
esCarpade Manager Monika Kodrun said: “This is the 21st year of esCarpade. But we’re starting out with slightly less cars than expected this year. So every single dollar of support for our cars is going to be especially appreciated in helping us to reach our target of $1.5 million for children living with cancer. With 65 cars out in force, the procession will still be a remarkable fanfare of colour and fun, so I’d urge families to come out and support the teams at the stop offs on route.”
Along the route this year, Culcairn resident Adelle Kennedy will shave off all her hair in a bid to raise funds for her team, which is the only all-female car en route. Adelle said: “Not only are we all women, but we’re aged between 43 and 67. When we tell people we spend a week driving an old commodore on dirt roads, across muddy rivers, through dusty deserts and on roads typically used by 4WDs, many are surprised. I think sometimes we surprise ourselves.”
Mitch Burgess is a former Camper with Camp Quality and explained: “When I was diagnosed with cancer aged six, Camp Quality supported me and my family by taking me on fun camps and fun days at no cost and also by just being there as a support network for our family. So, as a way of giving back, me and my family decided we’d enter esCarpade. Now I’m 25 and fighting fit and love helping those kids who find themselves in the situation I was once in.”
Each car contains a team that has been fundraising all year to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.
On the route, esCarpade stops off at primary schools where the McDonald’s Camp Quality puppet show is performed, teaching pupils how to be understanding and supportive of children living with cancer.
For more information or to make a donation visit www.mycampquality.org.au/escarpade