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Outback trek to help fund flying doctors

Terry Clark and Max Hutchins have been preparing the car for the four-state trek. Photo: AMY GRIFFITHSA Dubbo man is preparing to travel almost 4000 kilometres across the outback in a modified 1964 EH Holden painted bright purple and yellow for charity.

It’s the 10th time the intrepid soul has made the journey through some of the least populated parts of Australia to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

Terry Clark has raised $276,000 for the 22nd “Outback Car Trek” which starts in Dubbo on June 5 and finishes at Uluru seven days later.

Mr Clark knows the value of the RFDS after spending many years managing cattle stations in central Queensland.

“The RFDS was the only source of medical support for me and my family in the bush,” he said.

The passionate trekker endeavours to raise a huge $300,000 for the Dubbo RFDS.

Two new Beechcraft Super King Air aircraft fitted out with state of the art medical equipment now operate at Dubbo RFDS base thanks to the generous support of this event.

About 2,000 aircraft movements are operated from the Dubbo base each year.

The RFDS began as a dream of the late Rev. John Flynn, who had a vision of ensuring access to health care for the people of Outback Australia.

In 1928 the service treated 225 patients, today it transports over 750 patients a day- that’s 225 patients before lunchtime.

The trek sponsored by the Daily Liberal will start in Dubbo and travel to Tilpa, Noccundra, Birdsville, Marree, Coober Pedy, Mt Dare and finish at Uluru.

“The rally raises in excess of $1.2 million each year and over 20 years has raised $15.7 million for the RFDS,” Mr Clark said.

“We are $24,000 short of our $300,000 target so we appreciate any donations people would like to make,” he said.

Mr Clark’s EH Holden – ‘car 138’ – decorated with two giant giraffes will join 100 classic cars including Volkswagons, Fords, and Chevrolets, making the trek.

The only condition is the car must be older than 1971 and capable of making the 3800-kilometre journey.

“The car is being modified at the moment, it has different parts from a variety of cars,” he said. “The trek is amazing, I love the cold, frosty mornings, the dry dust billowing behind you and the amazing variation of scenery.

“I pledged to myself that when my business was in a position to buy a car then I would, that was nine years ago, it’s my 10th year doing the trek but my ninth year in my own car.”

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