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Rallying for a cause

Two motorsport enthusiasts are gearing up for a wild ride to help raise funds for Kidney Health Australia. WORDS: Caitlin Zerafa.

Two Eumundi ‘besties’ who share a love of motorsport are gearing up to participate in a seven-day car rally across the country.

Known as the ‘Sunshine Blokes’, Graeme Meade and Bruce Chamberlain will participate in the 35th annual Kidney Kar Rally (KKR).

It’s one of the longest-running charity rallies in Australia, raising money for Kidney Health Australia.

The pair will drive Kar 97 more than 3800 kilometres from Deniliquin to Leeton (NSW) via Hahndorf (SA) from August 3 to 10, traversing outback and country roads.

Kidney Health Australia says three-in-four Aussies are at risk of chronic kidney disease, and Mr Meade believes it’s an important cause to back.

“Kidney Disease (CKD) is a killer with no known cure and, unfortunately, is on the increase – particularly amongst the young,” he says.

“The 2024 KKR will be our second involvement in fundraising for Kidney Health Australia that provides support to kids and youths suffering with kidney disease, as well as the families that have children to support with CKD.”

Mr Meade says that since raising money for the charity, he has heard many stories of those touched by the disease and hopes the rally will encourage others to check in on their health. “Having an active and healthy life, both Bruce and I are thankful to share a love of motorsport and the opportunity to give back to others less fortunate than us,” he says.

To fit in with their Sunshine Blokes theme, Mr Meade and Mr Chamberlain will don their bright outfits for the rally.

Visit fundraise.kidney.org.au/sponsor and search for ‘Sunshine Blokes Kar 97’ for more information or to donate.

FAST FACTS

  • There are more than 31,000 people in Australia living with kidney disease.
  • There is no cure, and dialysis or kidney transplantation are needed to stay alive.
  • Three-in-four Aussies are at risk of chronic kidney disease.
  • In its 35 years, the Kidney Kar Rally has raised more than $16 million to help change the lives of children and young people affected by kidney disease.
  • About 1.8 million Australians are unaware that they have the early markers of kidney disease.

 

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