A fleet of 70 themed cars hasdeparted from Batemans Bay to embark on a journey of more than2000 kilometresthrough NSW asCamp Quality’sesCarpade,Australia’s happiest and wackiest motoring adventure.
The parade of cars left on Sundayto travel through Jindabyne, Lakes Entrance, Philip Island, Geelong, Ballarat and Deniliquin to finish at a Fun Day in Griffith on Saturday,October 29.
Along the way esCarpadians will pull into towns in a fanfare of sirens, horns, lights and colour and visit local schools with the Camp Quality Primary School Education Program puppet show.
The puppets dispel common myths about cancer to foster a supportive school environment for children living with cancer and their siblings, as well as children who have a parent with cancer.
Last year esCarpade raised $1.3 million – enough for Camp Quality to support 250 families for a year, through optimism and resilience-building programs at home, at school, in hospital and in the community. This year they aim to beat that figure.
The event attracts over 200 participants from Victoria, Queensland, ACT, and NSW.
Teams spend the year decorating cars that must be at least 20years old, getting them roadworthy and encouraging people to sponsor their week long adventure.
Grant Cox and Dave Lake are driving in their third esCarpade this year since Dave lost his son Corey to cancer in 2013 at 13 years old.
Their car Courageous Corey is number 78 to commemorate Corey’s 7/08 birth date.
“Corey was my daughter Annaliese’s best friend, but he spent nine out of 13years of his life in hospital,” Grant said.
“Losing Corey is still a struggle for his family every day.
“Camp Quality was there for them through Corey’s cancer journey, but their support has continued since his passing. We participate in esCarpade as a tribute to Corey.
“It is our way of giving back to an organisation who never forgot Corey or his family. We want to help them support other families in the same way.”
Camp Quality Event Manager Susan Fleming saidesCarpade madea big difference, and was all about mateship and laughter.
“EsCarpade is an event to reward the culmination of year-long fund-raising by dedicated and hard-working fund-raisers committed to creating a better life for children living with cancer and their families,” Ms Fleming said.
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