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Members of the rally

We love our ‘Rallytives’ and think you will too! Here are a few of the teams joining our 2017 rally.

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Members:  Richie Farrar (Faz), Graham Ward (Cracker), Peter Ward (Rat)
Team name:  Bathurst Surf Life Saving Club (BSLSC)
Home town:  Bathurst, New South Wales
Years of participation:  Fourteen
Vehicle type:  1996 Holden Commodore VS 5 ltr 5 Speed. Independent rear suspension, roll cage, dual fuel tanks, modified suspension, modified exhaust, two-way radio, two trip meters, single hangover seat in back.

Q: What was your motivation for participating in your first Kidney Kar Rally?
One of our friends got us involved, mainly due to the fact that the Rally was starting from our home town that year, 2003.

Q: Do you have a highlight from previous rallies?
Every day’s a highlight on the Kidney Kar Rally. A lowlight is Cracka’s driving and navigating skills.

Q: What essentials do you always have when on the road?
Our budgie smugglers and surfboards, Beroccas and sense of humour. A road book is handy but not essential.

Q: What brings you back year after year?
Going to places all over Australia that we would never dream of going by ourselves; the lifelong friends that we have made on the Rally over the years; the camaraderie on every Rally; helping Kidney Kids with our fundraising endeavours

Q: Why should people sign up to the Kidney Kar Rally?
It’s a terrific way to have fun on four wheels while also raising funds for a great cause.

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Members:  Carmel Mifsud and Donna Robson
Team name:  Sister Act
Home town:  Crookwell and Berridale, New South Wales
Years of participation:  Eleven for Carmel and nine for Donna
Vehicle type:  VC V8 Commodore Sedan​

Q: What was your motivation for participating in your first Kidney Kar Rally?
Donna donated a kidney to the husband of Carmel’s sister Margaret.

Q: Do you have a highlight from previous rallies?
The fact that we've travelled over 40,000 kilometres through some pretty rough terrain and haven't broken a single nail! Seriously though, it’s probably the fact that we come from small regional towns with only a few hundred residents but we've managed to raise over $100,000 for Kidney Kids.

Q: What essentials do you always have when on the road?
Stilettos. 

Q: What brings you back year after year?
The ‘Rallytives’.

Q: Why should people sign up to the Kidney Kar Rally?
It’s the most fun you'll have with your clothes on!

 

Member:  John Clout
Team name:  Xplant
Home town:  Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Years of participation:  Seven
Vehicle type:  Subaru Outback

Q: What was your motivation for participating in your first Kidney Kar Rally?
I was invited by Phil Hoey (the Rally’s paramedic) and have been hooked ever since. I had a kidney transplant in 2009, so I am personally connected to the cause.

Q: Do you have a highlight from previous rallies?
Having some of the Kidney Kids and parents join us at the Rally launch and presentation dinners.

Q: What essentials do you always have when on the road?
A good navigator, water, lollies and knowing help is always at hand.

Q: What brings you back year after year?
The Kidney Kids and the great people involved. It’s like having a reunion every year.

Q: Why should people sign up to the Kidney Kar Rally?
For the experience of a lifetime; what it does for the Kidney Kids; friendships; one off their bucket list. But be warned, once you have done one it becomes addictive!

Members:  Gerry Warrin and Mark Haberfield
Team name:  Team O’Halloran
Home town:  Cobram, Victoria
Years of participation:  Four
Vehicle type:  ‘93 Ford EB Falcon

Q: What was your motivation for participating in your first Kidney Kar Rally?
We have friends whose daughter has kidney disease, and between us we have been blessed with seven healthy children. We pride ourselves on being able to put smiles on the faces of kids who don’t deserve to be sick, right across Oz.

Q: Do you have a highlight from previous rallies?
Listening to the young people who have undergone treatment or transplants at the dinners across the country and hearing from them the value the camps have been for them, their families and friends. This is the inspiration to do what we do and why we continue to do it year after year. The people we meet along the way are also a highlight, right across Australia. From pastors in Dalby to clothiers in Gundagai, we have met some of the most generous and warm-hearted people in the land, all of whom are quick to reach into their own pockets to help our cause once they find out what we’re up to and why we’re doing it.

Q: What essentials do you always have when on the road?
First bit of equipment to go into the car every year is the Esky, followed by Panadol and a good sense of humour!

Q: What brings you back year after year?
Meeting up with old and new Rally friends who are fantastically motivated in their endeavours, and the prospect of seeing some parts of the country we might not have seen otherwise.

Q: Why should people sign up to the Kidney Kar Rally?
To make a difference to the lives of sick kids who may not otherwise have been able to go out and enjoy camps and activities with other kids like them.

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