Fundraising: Outback Car Trek 2016

Date published

19 Oct 2015

The Outback Car Trek (OBT) is an annual fundraiser that has been supporting the Flying Doctor since 1990.

This year again tested the endurance of the participants and their specially modified pre-1978 machines from all over Australia. Starting 31 May, for six days they travelled over 3,242 km from Mildura to Byron Bay in New South Wales via the Outback communities.

"While we all love the challenge and the camaraderie of the Trek, we also know that rural and remote communities struggle to get access to the healthcare services we take for granted in the cities and that the Flying Doctor is an essential lifeline for them," said Bill Patrick, Trek organiser.

"Four of the Outback communities we visited (Yunta, Packsaddle, White Cliffs and Stanthorpe) during the 2015 OBT are serviced by RFDS clinic flights, which underlines just how far-reaching the Service is."

"The trek also raised funds for local health and community services in the places we visited and the 116 cars and 261 hungry and thirsty Trekkers provided an important economic boost for local businesses." continued Bill.

We wish the Trekkers the best of luck on another safe and successful trek.