Car crews rally round for a good cause in surprise visit

Rally cars passing the Tabulam Hotel.

Susanna Freymark

Rally cars tooted as they passed the Tabulam Pub on the way to the racecourse.

Thirty-four teams left the Sunshine Coast this morning in the Sunshine Coast Dunga Derby.

The car crews didn’t know where they were headed. They were given clues and coordinates that led them to Tabulam and past the pub.

Tomorrow morning, they head off at 7am to the next surprise destination.

Tonight, Thursday, August 17, the cars are parked at the Tabulam racecourse where they’ll enjoy a meal made by CK catering and then sleep in swag tents.

The Dunga Derby raises money for families dealing with a life-limiting medical condition. The derby fee is $420 per person and this year has raised $300,000 for Sunshine Coast families.

Some of the Dunga Derby crew at Tabulam Racecourse.

Event officer Fiona Martin said when they stopped overnight in small communities they raised money for a local person or cause.

They played games along the way such as The Biggest Tosser.

During the journey crews have to throw a beanbag out the car window into a bucket.

“If they miss, they pay,” Fiona said.

Rally teams set up for a night of camping at Tabulam

There is an auction tonight with one of the items being a night in a bed in a pub at the next stop.

With rain predicted, Fiona said there should be some good bidding on that one.

$13,000 was raised out of the games and fun and will go to local boy Tommy Johnston who has Niemann Pick Disease.

The Dunga Derby by Rally for a cause has been going for nine years.

Coming into Tabulam. Photos: Susanna Freymark
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