A highly successful West Bound Warriors Car Run has raised an estimated $70,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The Naracoorte-based coordinator of the run which went from Adelaide to WA and back again, Colin Layzell, said it was a great result for the RFDS.
“Everyone in the rural areas need it, and they all know someone who has used it,” Mr Layzell said. “It’s just a great cause.”
Mr Layzell and his team have been involved in several car runs over the past few years, with a chosen charity of the Leukaemia Foundation after a close friend of Mr Layzell’s was diagnosed.
“We had donated to the Leukaemia Foundation for years, so we thought this time the Royal Flying Doctors would be great,” Mr Layzell said.
The event was held between October 28 and November 11, giving the participants plenty of time to travel the planned 7000km from Adelaide to Collie, WA, and back again.
“We had 10 start with us in Adelaide, and more people with cars joined us in Esperance in Western Australia and we all travelled to Collie together,” said Mr Layzell.
Reaching their goal of $50,000 early, the team reset their target to $70,000, which they achieved thanks to their sponsors and the generosity of supporters in South Australia and Western Australia.
Mount Gambier’s Ray Scott took the title of highest money raised in South Australia for the cause, as he raised and donated $20,000.
Mr Scott has also promised a donation of another $20,000 to the same cause for next year, when the West Bound Warriors are planning to road trip it up to Townsville, Queensland, and back.
Despite only arriving back from WA this week, Mr Layzell said he and his team couldn’t wait to go on next year's run and were well into the planning.
“The best thing is the comradeship and meeting people along the way,” Mr Layzell said. “Raising the money and winning the event was just an extra.”
Next year’s donations will also go towards the RFDS. Mr Layzell already holds the title of highest money raised for Leukaemia in Australia, recording a phenomenal $163,000.