With the engine of her 1966 Holden HR revving, Sunshine Coast local Heather Christie will take off from Gladstone on Tuesday to make a grueling 5000 km journey through rugged Australian terrain in the name of charity.
It comes as more than 50 competitors from across Australian will tomorrow drive their well-loved vehicles from Gladstone to Tamworth, via the Boulia Camel Races as part of the annual Road Boss charity car rally.
Since 2009, State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has sponsored Ms Christie’s rally vehicle which is aptly named “Why Not?”. Mr McArdle this week commended Ms Christie’s dedication to the unlikely sport which raises funds for charity partner GIVIT.
“Heather has been part of the charity rally since the very beginning in 2009, raising tens of thousands of dollars for Australian charities. I am proud to support her efforts for another year.” Mr McArdle said.
Ms Christie, who has raised $7,000 for the 2017 rally, first became involved eight years ago through her work with the Caloundra RSL.
“The RSL asked if I wanted to do the Variety Bash in 2009 and the very next year I signed up for the Great Endeavour Rally. I’ve doing the Road Boss Rally ever since and my car ‘Why Not’ has been with me for all of it.” Ms Christie said.
“Raising funds for a good cause is the reason why I started with the rally but personally it is the adrenaline and the comradery that brings me back each year.” Ms Christie said.
“Heather’s sense of adventure is admirable but it is her passion to help people around the country that really make her a hero.” Mr McArdle said.
The demanding event takes places annually and travels an average of 4000 -5000 km across some of Australia’s most rugged terrain. Ms Christie said that more than 90% this year’s rally would be off-road with drivers travelling through bush, forest, outback tracks and private properties.
Through the charity partner GIVIT the race delivers urgently needed goods and donations for the people and places that are visited by the drivers throughout the race. Last year the Road Boss Rally raised a remarkable $250,000 for GIVIT and some of the funds have already been used to support communities impacted by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.