A car rally with a charitable mission

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Julie Bailey, of Auckland, in her outfit and with her car she will drive to Bluff as part of the Auckland to Bluff car rally which will raise money for the Southland Multiple Sclerosis Society. Photo: Supplied

INVERCARGILL auctioneer Lindsay Francis expects the prospect of picking up a cheap car or two will draw plenty of people for a Multiple Sclerosis Society fundraiser on Saturday, April 21.

The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, from Waiheke Island, is holding its unique fundraiser, Bangers to Bluff, again this year.

It will see 11 participants take on an Auckland to Bluff car rally and collect money on the way to the deep south. But there’s a twist. Those involved in the rally must purchase a roadworthy vehicle for $2000 or less to drive to Bluff.

Those 11 cars will then be auctioned in Invercargill, with all proceeds going to charity.

“There will be no reserve on the cars. If they go for $100 each, they go for $100. The cars have to be sold, they won’t be taking them back to Auckland,” Mr Francis, of William Todd & Co 2011, said.

The auction will take place at the Newfield Tavern in Invercargill at 5.30pm, but before then there will be another opportunity for the Southland public to get involved in the fundraiser.

The 11 cars will arrive at the Tiwai turn-off, at Awarua, at 2pm and organisers are urging Southlanders to join them in their own cars for the final stages of the rally to Bluff. The convoy will then return to the Newfield Tavern.

Mr Francis hoped Southlanders with classic cars would join in the rally before displaying the vehicles for public viewing at the Newfield Tavern.

The public viewing should attract more people and help raise more money for the Southland Multiple Sclerosis Society, he said.

“We would like to get 100 or more cars to make the trip down to Bluff and then on to the Newfield Tavern.”

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