Forty-two car rally convoy en route to Toowoomba
A 42-VEHICLE convoy is en route to Toowoomba as part of the 2019 Kidney Kar Rally and the public is encouraged to show their support and welcome the racers to town at the weekend.
The rally departed Port Macquarie on Friday and will travel the back roads to Rockhampton, before doing a u-turn and heading south to Armidale.
Supercars Championship driver, Chaz Mostert is heading the convoy.
"Rally driving is a new experience for me so I am excited to be kicking the rally off and seeing how the experienced rally drivers do it," he said.
"But I am going to do my best to give them a run for their money."
Kidney Health Australia's Kidney Kar Rally's nine day route will take in the beautiful and rugged New South Wales and Queensland countryside, stopping along the way at Port Macquarie, Walcha, Uralla, Goondiwindi, Dalby, Miles, Moura, Rockhampton, Monto, Gayndah, Jandowae, Toowoomba and finishing in Armidale on Saturday, August 17.
Locals will get the chance to see the cars up close as they pass through Toowoomba.
Chief Executive Officer of Kidney Health Australia, Chris Forbes, said the rally was about "big kids helping little kids'' by raising vital funds for kids living with kidney disease.
"Our target this year is $500,000 but we'd love to smash it - the more funds we get, the more we can pour into programs to help children and young people deal with the physical, emotional and psychological impacts of kidney disease," he said.
"We've had fantastic support from the rally drivers for the past 31 years, raising over $15 million in total, and helping countless kids from all over the country deal with the daily challenges of living with this debilitating disease."
About 65 people die with kidney-related diseases every day, and 1.5 million Australians were unaware they have early signs of the disease.
The rally will roll through Jandowae at lunch time, Friday and be in Toowoomba by sunset.
Drivers will have a dinner at Concordia Lutheran College.
They will depart from the school at 7.30pm, Saturday.