10 Days in the Outback
Published on 23/09/2012 Group GSA
By Mark Sheldon
I am just back from 10 days of charitable activities, the recipients included the Royal Flying Doctor Service; Outback families less fortunate than ourselves and Paws Up – a group who through bonding boy and sheepdog, build new lives for kids that may have lost their way: http://www.backtrack.org.au/programs/paws-up/
This is a biannual event organised by South Dubbo Rotary Club. Forty 4WD’s, 130 people, banter and beer-guts, fast and furious on outback roads of NSW, South Australia and Queensland.
Before we left $100,000 was collected across all participants and another $200,000 raised through nightly auctions and giving activities.
We started North of Broken Hill in ‘Mad Max’ country – Silverton then over the next 7 nights to Tibooburra, Durham, Windorah, Jundah, Toompine, Hungerford and ending in the opal fields of Glengarry. A must for any Australian to see the Australian Outback after flood, crops flourishing, healthy cattle and the outback lifestyle… mateship and hard work that helps Australian agriculture, the backbone of our exports.