The Orange rally driving team of Mark and Sue Hammond are competing in the Kidney Kar Rally this year after a break last year. It is the team’s fifth year competing in the race.

The Kidney Kar Rally will race through the heart of New South Wales this year, including Orange, from 12 August to 20 August. The cars and teams will arrive in Orange on Sunday afternoon, 14 August, and leave to Forbes and West Wyalong the next morning.

One of Australia’s oldest charity races it raises funds to support kids with kidney disease. Now in its 28th year it brings together teams from all over Australia who start preparing for the rally months in advance. Mark says the most prepared teams and cars are the ones that make it into the top ten, he says from there it is luck. He and Sue came third in the Kidney Kar Rally in 2011.

“We love rally-driving and we love raising money for the sick kidney kids. We missed it last year when we were overseas for three months,” he said. Before competing in the Kidney Kar Rally however Mark and Sue will travel to Tasmania at the end of next week to take part in one of the world’s toughest rally races, the Targa Tasmania.

Kidney Health Australia CEO Anne Wilson said she was happy to see the return of Mark and Sue’s team, Old Yella, to the Kidney Kar Rally and wished them luck.

She said funds from the Kidney Kar Rally directly support an annual national camp for young people with kidney disease and their siblings. The camp, held on the Gold Coast, is a free four-day get together in a safe environment which provides a much-needed connection to other children with similar health and life issues.

“The Kidney Kar Rally is our biggest annual fundraising event, raising much needed funds for our national Kidney Kids programs. These include running our National Kidney Kids Camp and Respite Program for children pre and post-transplant, as well as their siblings. In addition Kidney Health Australia runs school holiday programs in each state for Kidney Kids and addresses the needs of young adults through our Young Adult Retreats. Without the support of the Kidney Kar Rally, we would struggle to deliver these programs each year. 

“The most wonderful people come together for the Kidney Kar Rally, some with their own personal tragedies and challenges relating to kidney disease, and work within their communities to raise money and ensure the rally is a success, year upon year.

“Last year in a record-breaking year the Kidney Kar Rally generated $700,000 in revenue. We know this year is going to be another great year and look forward to meeting many people in the towns along the way, spreading awareness about kidney disease, and having lots of fun as we go.”

For more information about the Kidney Kar Rally visit www.kidneykarrally.com.au