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All-girl road trip

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, where you can also see a list of their sponsors and leave messages of support.

~ Zoe McMaugh

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