The Ladybirds prepare for Camp Quality car rally fundraiser.ZOE MCMAUGH July 16, 2014 9:15am
McDonalds owners Scott and Courtney Moller present a cheque to Labybirds esCarpade team members (from left) Annie Dwyer, Jill Kearney, Mandy Liphuyzen and Wendy Loomes.
Heading out off the highway for the annual Camp Quality esCarpade fundraiser this October is an all-girl Deniliquin team – The Ladybirds.
Team captain Annie Dwyer started the ball rolling to get a team together for the popular car rally event after a chat with Shane Savage, who has entered a Deniliquin team in the esCarpade for several years.
Joining Annie on the road as co-drivers will be Mandy Liphuyzen, Wendy Loomes and Jill Kearney.
‘‘I was talking to Shane about the event and he offered us his car, and it all went from there,’’ Annie said
‘‘It’s for a good cause and a bit of fun, so I got the team together. It’s also a bit of a challenge because Shane didn’t think we would do it.’’
Annie said the team adopted the name Ladybirds because the insect is commonly referred to as a good luck charm.
She also said the ladybird was a personal good luck symbol and a fitting name for an all-girl group.
The 2014 esCarpade is from October 18 to 25, leaving from Broken Hill and ending in Albury.
There will be an overnight stay in Hay on Friday, October 25, with the group then travelling to Lockhart and then Albury on the final leg of the rally.
Participants must have a car more than 20 years old to participate, and Annie said they also need $5000 to be able to compete.
The Ladybirds have received some local sponsorship already, with McDonald’s Deniliquin coming on board as the major sponsor.
McDonald’s owners Scott and Courtney Moller donated $1000 to the team’s total last week.
Mr Moller said it was a great way to support a local team ‘‘doing good’’, as well as the Camp Quality charity.
‘‘It’s such a great charity that helps sick children and their families as well,’’ Mr Moller said.
‘‘Camp Quality has a number of projects to help families and offer support and understanding to school communities about children’s cancer.
‘‘One of the education programs is the Camp Quality Puppets, of which McDonald’s Australia is a major supporter.
‘‘Camp Quality’s recreational programs are also similar to the aims of our Ronald McDonald House Charity.
‘‘With three children of our own, Courtney and I felt it was important to support the efforts to raise money for Camp Quality.’’
All team sponsors get their logo added to the rally car, with McDonald’s now splashed across the rear windscreen and bonnet.
The Ladybirds have been given the car number ‘08’ for the rally.
You can donate to their Camp Quality fundraiser total by going to www.mycampquality.org.au/08, where you can also see a list of their sponsors and leave messages of support.
~ Zoe McMaugh
Theft is latest in a string of burglaries at Shepparton BMX Club, president Ash Robertson says.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
‘‘Time for reflection is rare in life and in business,’’ Tatura Milk Industries chairman Barry Irvin told suppliers when delivering his end-of-financial-year report.
Echuca's Lloyd Woolman has rounded out an impressive year by being crowned Ski Racing Victoria's best male skier for the 2013-14 season.
Rochester athlete Morgan Dingwall won medals at an international athletics competitions last month.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Brigade transforms station for Christmas in July.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Axedale student Zara Smith has created history, raising the single largest amount raised by a primary school student in the Jump Rope for Heart event’s 31-year history.
Mixed response from Cobram region politicians and businesses to the Commonwealth's removal of a price on carbon.
Ten Deniliquin athletes competed at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships last Friday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The Melbourne Scottish fiddlers return to Swanpool to raise money for local CFA brigades. Group officer Jim Ranken and fiddle player Kristin Marriott
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.