The countdown has started for 42 rally cars to line up on Friday, August 9 in Port Macquarie and start a challenging back roads route to Rockhampton via Tenterfield and back to Armidale, all to raise vital funds to help kids living with kidney disease.
With Supercars championship driver Chaz Mostert in the starting line up at Port Macquarie, it's sure to inject a new level of interest into the rally for day one.
"Rally driving's a new experience for me so I'm excited to be kicking the rally off and seeing how the experienced rally drivers do it, but I'm going to do my best to give them a run for their money," Chaz said. He's supporting the event thanks to Biante Model Cars.
Kidney Health Australia's Kidney Kar Rally's nine-day route will take in the beautiful and rugged NSW and Queensland countryside, stopping along the way at Port Macquarie, Walcha, Uralla, Goondiwindi, Dalby, Miles, Moura, Rockhampton, Monto, Gayndah, Jandowae, Toowoomba and finishing in Armidale on Saturday, August 17.
The cars will be pretty dusty by the time they hit Tenterfield for a lunch break on the last day, August 17, but everyone's invited to catch up with the participants to hear about their adventures. Locals will get the chance to see the cars up close as they pass through the towns and the local communities are urged to get behind the rally and help fundraising efforts.
Chief Executive Officer of Kidney Health Australia, Chris Forbes, said the rally was all about 'big kids helping little kids' by raising vital funds for kids living with kidney disease.
"Our target this year is $500,000 but we'd love to smash it - the more funds we get, the more we can pour into programs to help children and young people deal with the physical, emotional and psychological impacts of kidney disease," Chris said.
"We've had fantastic support from the rally drivers for the past 31 years, raising over $15m in total, and helping countless kids from all over the country deal with the daily challenges of living with this debilitating disease.
"Alarmingly, 65 people die with kidney related diseases every day, and currently 1.5 million Australians are unaware they have early signs of the disease. So, the rally is a great platform to connect with and educate local communities about kidney disease and the importance of prevention, early detection and support."
For more details about the Kidney Kar Rally or to donate to teams taking part visit kidneykarrally.org.au