ON STANDBY: The Trek Quest support vehicle, with crew (from left) Peter Arthur, Rob Thompson and Stuart Auld, will be back on outback roads next month.
ON STANDBY: The Trek Quest support vehicle, with crew (from left) Peter Arthur, Rob Thompson and Stuart Auld, will be back on outback roads next month.

Trek more than outback pub crawl

NEXT month, a group of district adventurers will travel through outback NSW, visiting more than 20 historic pubs along the way.

But it's not all about the pubs - the trip has been organised by Peter and Karen Arthur as a fundraiser for Our Kids, a charity at the Lismore Base Hospital.

The couple has been involved in fundraising for Angel Flight and Our Kids for 10 years and they have set up Trek Quest, an organisation which focuses on 'high profile' and 'adventurous' fundraising efforts.

Mr Arthur said September's outback NSW Pub Tag-a-long would raise about $15,000 for Our Kids. It will be used to buy medical equipment for children's wards across Northern NSW.

But he said a lot more money was needed.

“We wanted to support Our Kids because it's a local charity and that's what we want to stick with,” he said.

“And we've got five kids of our own, so we know how important it is.

“At the present time, Our Kids is looking to purchase two humidicribs at $20,000 each, one resuscitation unit at $25,000 and a phototherapy unit for jaundiced babies at $6000 - a total of $71,000.”

So this year, Trek Quest is aiming to raise as much of that money as possible. Each of the 10 car crews entered in the Pub Tag-a-long is required to raise at least $1200, but Mr Arthur said they were encouraged to raise a lot more, with prizes for the highest fundraisers.

The trek starts from Lismore on September 12 and then heads to iconic outback towns such as Bourke, Tibooburra, White Cliffs and Lightning Ridge. The event has been described as 'seven days of outback hospitality, fun, laughter, spectacular scenery, questions and cold beers'.

“We're going to about 22 pubs and they're all full of history,” Mr Arthur said. “This trip is really ideal for people who have always wanted to go out west, but never really had the time or support.

“This is all planned. Last year's trip was fantastic. If it wasn't fun, we wouldn't be doing it.”

Trek Quest is also planning another major fundraising event and Mr Arthur hopes it will happen sometime next year.

“We want to set a record for a double crossing of Australia, travelling east to west and back via the Simpson Desert and Gunbarrel Highway on motorbikes,” he said.

“In 2005 we went in 4WDs from the most easterly point of Australia, Byron Bay, to the most westerly, Steep Point, in just six days. We want to do the same again, but on motorbikes.”

The 11,500km ride may take about two weeks. For more information about Trek Quest, visit www.trekquest.org.au



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