Drivers kick up some dust to improve mental health
A daring band of South West community members has raised more than $65,000 in the name of mental health research.
A convoy of 17 cars, all valued at less than $1500, took on a marathon road trip last month and covered more than 1600km of dirt roads as part of the Rotary Club of South Bunbury’s annual Dirt ‘n Dust Run.
“The drive is about raising funds for mental health awareness,” event committee member Bruce Lynch said.
“There’s three recipients for the funds we raised, Australian Rotary Health lift the lid on mental health awareness, that’s the big one, Doors Wide Open and South Bunbury Rotary Club’s community charities.”
The band’s journey took them from Bunbury to Manjimup then onto Kulin, Quindanning and back to Donnybrook where it finished at the Small Water Estate.
“It was great fun, all the tracks were mainly gravel and dirt,” driver Ray Jordan said.
“When we came to gravel pits we set up some cones and did some timed runs round a course.”
While there was plenty of fun and games along the way, no one lost sight of why they were doing the run which was highlighted when the convoy stopped to paint their own version of a blue tree new Kulin.
“Everybody comes out of it a little bit stronger ... the camaraderie and fellowship was amazing,” committee member Ben Andrews said.
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