Ladies gear up for rally
A PAIR of intrepid Chinchilla ladies are gearing up for a five-day mystery trip in a 27-year-old car all in the name of cancer fundraising.
Tanya Barker and her daughter Emmeline are setting off from Mildura on October 20 in a 1991 Holden Nova as part of the Mystery Box Rally, a Cancer Council fundraiser where teams take part in an adventure with no idea of where they'll end up each day.
Mrs Barker said the mum-daughter duo wanted to find a way to give back to the community, and when they saw the Shitbox Rally go through Chinchilla earlier this year they decided to give the next rally a go.
They need to raise $3500 to take part in the rally but are aiming even higher - setting a personal target of $5000.
And they're well on their way, particularly after holding a fete in Fuller Place on Saturday.
"The Rotary Club of Chinchilla, they came and did the sausage sizzle to help out, with the profits going back to the Cancer Council for us,” Mrs Barker said.
"And Donna Stewart's Bumble Bean Coffee Van, she also went and she gave her profits to us, then we had a few market stalls as well, and a face painter came for free and she donated everything that she made.”
The fete was just one way the ladies are raising funds, with a raffle to be drawn on Saturday with nine prizes worth about $100 each.
Tickets are available at the bottleshops in town.
"Hopefully we can sell some tickets because it's quite a big raffle, and all of those things (prizes) have been donated by different businesses in the community,” Mrs Barker said.
The pair has been sponsored by the Club Hotel, Dominoes, and Critch Automotive Group, what Mrs Barker said were just three examples of the incredible generosity she's seen pour from the community.
"We've had some people just out of the blue say 'hey I hear you're doing this, here's some money or here, can we contribute to the raffle prizes?' So we've had some really amazingly generous people,” she said.
"I'm just blown away by how, people just see that you're trying to do stuff and some people have a laugh and they've seen the car and go 'I can't believe you're doing it' but other people, they just get behind you and I just think it just goes to show the community spirit of this town that people will get behind you when you have a go at doing something.”
To donate visit https://2018.mystery-box. com.au/the-dude-abides.