Bondi crew swap the beach for Kingaroy back roads
THE Road Boss Rally will roar through Kingaroy today, bringing three members from Aussie TV show Bondi Rescue along for the ride.
It is day nine of the 2019 Road Boss Rally, and 200 adventure seekers aboard 70 cars and support vehicles will travel 560km from Nindigully to Kingaroy, stopping for lunch at Dulacca.
Entrants were flagged off from Cowra on Tuesday, July 9 before their first night's stop at Mt Hope, then White Cliff, Packsaddle, Tibooburra, Noccundra, Thargomindah, Noorama and Nindigully.
The 10-day 4250km rally is a major fundraiser for GIVIT, and raised $250,000 for the national online charity last year.
Bondi Rescue's Corey, Reidy and Whippet have swapped their rescue jetskis for a ute called the Bondi Beast.
An accompanying film production team will produce a documentary of the Bondi crew's adventures on the rally.
Road Boss drivers are expected to arrive in Kingaroy about 3.30pm today.
The Kingaroy Show Society will host the crew, providing dinner and entertainment at the showgrounds with help from the Kingaroy Speedway Club.
While in the Kingaroy region, GIVIT and rally entrants will deliver donations to families affected by house fires.
The items will include a computer, washing machines, fridges, microwave, and a TV.
Dubbed the Road Boss Rally for fearlessly taking participants where most rally organisers wouldn't dare go, founder and organiser Jamie Lawson said it featured some of the most challenging back roads across outback NSW and Queensland.
"The Road Boss Rally is unique compared with other charity car rallies,'' Mr Lawson said.
"With the permission of private property owners we head off on some tough and challenging tracks. We don't cruise the highways on the Road Boss Rally, we take the hard roads."
Mr Lawson said the Road Boss Rally would also live up to its mantra of "driving to make a difference" by helping communities along the way.
"It's not just the tens of thousands of dollars that the rally participants spend along the way in remote towns that are doing it tough, but the fact we team with GIVIT to find out exactly what's needed in the communities we visit," he said.
"Rally entrants and GIVIT will help these communities get what they need."
GIVIT founder and director Juliette Wright said the rally had raised a staggering $764,000 for GIVIT over the past three years.
"The Road Boss Rally allows GIVIT to do what we do best, helping some of Australia's most impoverished people,'' Mrs Wright said.
"This year, with the amazingly generous support of Jamie and the Road Boss Rally crew, GIVIT has been able to provide more than 222,000 vital items for Queensland residents recovering after devastating floods and support communities across NSW in the ongoing drought.''
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Tomorrow, the rally will head to the finish line at the Caloundra RSL.