Spaces are filling quickly for this year’s Hospice Car Rally.
The rally raises much-needed funds for Goulburn Valley Hospice Care, one of the few 24-hour palliative care services in the state.
Now in its 22nd year, the rally will leave Shepparton Motor Museum on Saturday, May 6, finishing in the afternoon on Sunday, May 7.
‘‘We start at the motor museum at about 7am with a bit of a breakfast and then the first car will head off at 8am,’’ rally chair Min Innes-Irons said.
About 120 people are expected to fill 45 cars and take part in the rally.
‘‘They’ll head west, finishing up on the Saturday night at the RACV Club at Creswick near Ballarat.
‘‘There’s questions and navigation exercises, then some fun and surprises along the way,’’ Mr Innes-Irons said.
Participants will enjoy a supplied dinner on the Saturday night as well as auctions and fun and games.
‘‘Then on the Sunday everyone comes back and finishes at Mitchelton Wines for lunch.’’
Further auctions will continue during lunch and a final fundraising tally will be announced before people depart for home.
‘‘We really rely on people that donate goods and services we can auction to raise money,’’ Mr Innes-Irons said.
‘‘Every cent that’s raised goes entirely to hospice care; the rally committee is entirely voluntary.’’
Last year the rally raised $71000, but Mr Innes-Irons said traditionally a ‘‘good year’’ was anywhere near the $30000 to $35000 mark.
‘‘You can’t predict how deep people’s pockets are, or their generosity,’’ he said.
Mr Innes-Irons said 22 years of the rally was a great testimony to the people who had been involved in organising the event.
‘‘I think it’s a real tribute to everyone that it’s lasted this long,’’ he said.
Spaces in the rally are limited. To book, phone Min Innes-Irons on 0418214022.