Hospice Rallye hits $1M mark

1925 BUGATTI... Type 23, driven by Min Innes-Iron and Boyd Thompson. Photo: Supplied.

Community behind critical care service

FROM retro saloons, favourite Commodores, quirky wagons, utes and sedans to vintage cars, the 26th Goulburn Valley Hospice Rallye was a huge success on April 30 and May 1.

Kelvin Maude, chair of the rally committee, said the result was very satisfying.

“We had a fantastic weekend. 36 cars and 85 people entered the event. Saturday night saw spirited bidding on auction items, and the major raffle attracted record ticket sales. Add to that a number of significant donations, and we’ll see this year’s event contribute over $100,000 to GV Hospice Care”

“Perhaps more significantly, across the 26 years of this event the total funds raised are now over $1 million dollars” he said.

Jeanette Powell, president of Goulburn Valley Hospice Care board said, “Thank you to the Rallye committee, entrants, sponsors and donors for this year’s amazing and very generous donation and continued support over the past 26 years. The funds raised by this event and other community groups ensure the community continues to have access to a much needed free, 24-hour, seven-days a week specialist Palliative Care Service.”

The rally is a navigational challenge on sealed roads, this year taking in the stunning scenery of the Northeast high country. Competitors travelled from Shepparton to Wodonga on Day 1, via Glenrowan, Milawa, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Tangambalanga, the Hume Weir and Bonegilla.

Day 2 delivered more stunning scenery en route to lunch at Chrismont Winery at Cheshunt via the Kiewa Valley, Myrtleford, Oxley, King Valley, and Whitfield.

The winners of this year’s rally were Jill and Kelvin Maude, driving a 2010 Skoda Octavia RS. The team’s event was won by Rocky Varapodio, Reg Qemal and Jill Maude driving a 2020 BMW X5, a 1990 VN Group-A Holden Commodore, and a 2010 Skoda Octavia RS respectively.

The most popular vehicle award was won by the 1922 Bentley 3.0 campaigned by Geoff and Madeleine Adams.

The rally is held on the first weekend in May each year and open to vehicles of all ages. For more information about next year’s event, please contact Kelvin Maude on 0418 992 270.
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