Graphic: Oz Outback Odyssey RFDS
An outback car trek has crossed the monumental million-dollar mark in its fundraising efforts for the Flying Doctor.
The volunteer OZ Outback Odyssey event has run annually since 2015, bringing together car lovers from all around Australia for multi-day driving expeditions to raise funds for RFDS Central Operations.
This year, the Odyssey was set to drive from Adelaide to Broome, but COVID-19 restrictions dictated a change of itinerary within South Australian borders.
Departing Birkenhead, more than 80 participants travelled to Renmark over eight days, covering more than 3,000 kilometres and passing through the outback towns including Innamincka, Arkaroola, William Creek, Mungerannie and Marree.
This year's trek raised a record-breaking $223,820, which tipped the event’s all-time RFDS contribution over the $1 million mark.
“Despite border closures this year, everyone was still revved up to go and we were determined to get the event happening in some form,” OZ Outback Odyssey Committee Chair Keith Finch said.
“It went really well and the communities and towns along the route welcomed us with open arms at every point of the trip,” he said.
“While we weren’t expecting to make a lot of money this year, we did much better than we thought.
“Everyone dug deep for the Flying Doctor, and we already looking forward to hitting the road again next year.”
Interested in the 2022 OZ Outback Odyssey?
Odyssey vehicles (built at least 30 years ago) and modern 4WD support vehicles are permitted on the event with a minimum requirement of two people per vehicle.
Photo: Oz Outback Odyssey 2021