HOWLONG man Brad Ewing will spend the next five days in a cloud of dust.
Together with his brother-in-law Darren Crutch, Mr Ewing will join the inaugural Riverina Redneck Rally.
The five-day rally, which leaves Darlington Point on Saturday, is raising money for Country Hope, which provides family support services to country children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Mr Ewing said Country Hope had supported his nephew, Darcy Ewing, now 22, who had cancer as a child.
He said another Howlong family, Matt, Kristy, Ella, 9, and Rory McMahon, 8, had benefited from Country Hope services when Ella underwent cancer treatment in 2016.
“I’ve never been in a rally in my life but we all know someone touched by cancer,” he said.
The VK Logic maintenance fitter paid $3000 to get a vehicle up to scratch for the 2500-kilometre mystery route.
Named “Ellroy” in honour of Ella and Rory McMahon, the youngsters helped out with the finishing touches of paint this week.
Mr Ewing said they would get their directions at the start of each day of the rally.
“It’s 500 kilometres of dirt road every day,” he said.
“We don’t know what to expect but it will be very dusty I’d imagine.”
With the help of major sponsor VK Logic, family, friends and community, Mr Ewing and Mr Crutch exceeded their fundraising goal of $3000 by $1500.
Mr Ewing’s son Danny, a Howlong Public School grade six student, raised $114 from selling eggs.
A total of 35 teams from throughout Australia have each raised a minimum of $2500 to join the rally.
The rally winds up in Wagga at Country Hope’s head office on Wednesday.
Ms McMahon said Country Hope was a fantastic cause.
“Rory missed out a bit because of Ella’s treatment and they both had an absolute ball at the annual camp for siblings,” she said. “They are also about to start a mentoring program for siblings.”
To donate visit: mycause.com.au/page/133214/brad-ewing-and-darren-crutch-fundraising-country-hope-riverina-redneck-rally