Two Seven Hills residents were among 60 people who recently drove about 3000 kilometres through the outback for eight days to raise funds for sick and disadvantaged children.
Lance Wilson and co-driver Michelle Callaghan raised $11,000 for the new charity Kidz Fix Foundation while driving their 20-year-old Holden from Bathurst to Temora via Broken Hill and Hillston.
Mr Wilson said he and Ms Callaghan were pleased to have raised the money considering the economic climate.
They were supported by many local companies including Mattrans Refrigerated Transport, Blackshaw Smash Repairs in Seven Hills, Ultra Tune Winston Hills, Pass Powder Coating Marayong, KC Tools Girraween, On Line Hire and Hogs Breath Cafe.
Mr Wilson said some sponsors helped ensure his 1974 Holden could drive through some of Australia’s toughest outback roads, enduring dust, rain, mud and sandy roads.
‘‘Our car worked very well except for the last day when we became bogged down twice in rough muddy conditions,’’ he said.
He said the group which collected about $120,000 donated $32,000 to the Broken Hill Hospital to build an indoor/outdoor play area for long-term child patients and other smaller projects.
‘‘We are now getting ready for next year’s journey to the Barossa Valley for charity.’’