Proud Novocastrian Carly Moncrieff is revved up to make a mark in next month’s inaugural Knights Rescue Rally.
The new four-day fun-filled car trek – from 5 to 8 May, in support of both the Newcastle Knights and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS), will see participants drive from Newcastle to Wagga Wagga visiting beautiful country locations like Mudgee, Bathurst, Sofala, Carcoar, Parkes and West Wyalong.
Many of the towns along the route are home to gold, copper and coal mining operations that are a big part of the local economy and community, just like here in the Hunter.
The expedition also coincides with the Knights’ NRL showdown with the Canberra Raiders in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 8 May.
For Carly, it’s the adventure of a lifetime.
“This is my first rally, so it’s very exciting,” she said.
“I’m an avid Knights fan – I’ve been barracking for them since I was six years old.
“And, the business I work for (Quarry Mining and Construction Equipment Pty Ltd) is heavily-involved in supporting the WRHS.
“So, I guess, it’s two-for-one for me; I’ve got the best of both worlds.”
Carly is now busily preparing her own car for the journey.
“I’ve got a Kia Stinger,” she said.
“So, I’m probably driving that [at this point of time].
“It’s a bit of a beast, but it’ll be nice for this event.”
Participants will stop into wineries, quaint country cafes and pubs and don their best Elvis suit ready for a night out in the Elvis capital of Australia, Parkes.
The escapade then culminates in Wagga Wagga for the NRL fixture, with the rally-goers enjoying many activities including a pre-match dinner with ex-players and coaching staff, before watching the game with some special country hospitality.
“I want to raise as much money as I can,” Carly told the Newcastle Weekly.
“I’m keen to just be a part of this wonderful cause – and to help the community.
“The Knights Rescue Rally is a great concept.
“I’m really excited to see the beautiful countryside we have, too.”
WRHS CEO Richard Jones added he was “extremely happy” to witness the launch of the Knights Rescue Rally, with the support of event partners Ampcontrol, NSW Mining and BJ Howes.
“If you’re a follower of the Knights and want to assist your local rescue helicopter, then this is the event for you,” he said.
“The fact that participants will venture through many rural communities that could really use the support is an added bonus.
“This rally is all about bringing everyone together, making a difference and simply having a good time.” Get your car ready and register your crew at www.events.rescuehelicopter.com.au