An official role for Grahame

Still involved: Grahame with his 1972 HQ Holden during competition in 2015. Knee surgery will keep the five time winner out of the race and into the role of an official.

Still involved: Grahame with his 1972 HQ Holden during competition in 2015. Knee surgery will keep the five time winner out of the race and into the role of an official.

Knee surgery has forced Kidney Kar Rally veteran Grahame McKay to step out of contention for this year’s competition.

Instead, he will be  gearing up to run as an official for the second year in a row.

Now in its 29th year, the 4000 kilometre, eight day adventure will this year being in Griffith, in the State’s Riverina, this Friday, August 11 and finish in Wagga Wagga on Saturday, August 19.

Last year’s event began  in  Bathurst and completed the course in Taree.

Grahame has taken out the rally five times and has been inspired to maintain fundraising throughout his long association with the event.

His involvement with the event stretches back to the early 1990s.

Grahame said the effectiveness of the fund-raiser stems from competitors raising a minimum of $4500 per rally car and $2500 per back-up or “kruise” vehicle before the rally takes place.

At major pit stops along the route, health staff educate local communities about the importance of prevention, detection and support for kidney disease.

Competitors come from throughout Australia and can enter the rally with any registered motor vehicle.

The rally aims to raise funds for Kidney Health Australia as well as raise awareness for kidney disease in areas that the it passes through.

It was first organised in 1989 and over the years has raised funds to help run children’s camps and youth programs. 

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