Road Boss Rally organisers bring charity drive to Kingaroy
ROAD Boss Rally founder Jamie Lawson and GIVIT drought manager Scott Barrett dropped into Kingaroy this week while doing their final survey of the charity rally's 3500km route.
The iconic Road Boss Rally raises funds for GIVIT which distributes money to those doing it tough across Australia.
Drivers in this year's Road Boss Rally will leave from Cowra on July 9 for a journey through outback New South Wales and Queensland.
There will be overnight stops in Mt Hope, White Cliffs, Packsaddle and Tibooburra south of the border, and in Queensland's Noccundra, Thargomindah, Noorama, Nindigully and Kingaroy before drivers motor to the finish line in Caloundra on July 18.
Mr Lawson and Mr Barrett have been travelling the route ahead of the event to co-ordinate the logistics of fuel supplies, accommodation, and catering with local suppliers.
Mr Lawson said preparing for the Road Boss Rally could take all year, and he had already started preparations for the 2020 event.
"It's a pretty hard, challenging, and adventurous motoring event,” he said.
"We don't really have any geographical boundaries. A lot of the track is off road.
"It's a 3500km 10-day journey through very remote parts of western NSW and western Queensland.
"It's not a speed event or a race, however it is quite challenging.”
The pit stop towns have been chosen with a specific purpose in mind.
"We choose towns that we think our charity GIVIT can really help out and provide for,” Mr Lawson said.
"The main reason we chose GIVIT is because they are a great representative of who we are, and what we stand for.
"They are real hardworking Aussies who see a need and want to fill it. If you need a helping hand through a tough time, GIVIT can step in for you.”
GIVIT helps Aussies of all kinds, whether they're struggling due to floods, cyclones, domestic violence, drought, or abuse.
Mr Lawson said GIVIT was a charity Aussies could turn to in their time of need.
"Which is why I'm so thankful to have Scott on board with us,” he said.
The pair said they particularly enjoyed visiting Kingaroy.
"Kingaroy is such a vibrant place,” Mr Lawson said.
"It really is a great community, and a well facilitated town.
"I can't wait to see what GIVIT will do for Kingaroy.”
Mr Barrett has already started reaching out to charities in Kingaroy, in an effort to see what GIVIT can do for the South Burnett town.
"We are a service that matches charities who are looking to give, with Aussies who are in need of a hand,” he said.
"I've got a computer in my car to give to a family today. They've gone through a tough time and the kids need a computer to get them through school.
"Whenever possible, we try and buy stuff within the local community because then we're both helping those in need, and the community as a whole. You've got to look after your local economy too.”
Mr Barrett said if there were any South Burnett or Kingaroy charities who were interested in becoming involved with the Road Boss Rally, they could head to the GIVIT website for more information.
"We'll be back here in July, and I can't wait to see what GIVIT can do for your local area,” Mr Barrett said.