A car called Alice

Michael Law with Alice, a little 1994 Ford Festiva with a big job ahead of her.

Two men, one community and a little green car have quite a big job ahead of them. Michael Law and Trevor Appleby (known as Mick and Mouse) have entered the Riverina Redneck Rally for 2018, and are bringing along a 1994 Ford Festiva (known as Alice) to help them on their way.

“The rally supports Country Hope, and it was organised this year by a bloke in Darlington Point,” Mr Law said.

Country Hope is a registered charity that provides support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer and other illnesses.

“The last one raised, I think, about $123,000. We’re aiming for $150,000 next year.”

To help raise funds for Team Alice, Mr Law and Mr Appleby will be out the front of the Narrandera Bakery on Saturday morning, selling raffle tickets.

“So people can come and have a look and see how mad we are,” Mr Law said. “The car’s been in Narrandera all its life. You can’t miss it. You could pick it up and put it in someone’s glove box.”

Ford Festivas have never been known for their space, and according to Mr Law the 1994 model is the smallest.

“We’ve got to have a minimum of $2000 to enter, and we’ve already got $1810 already. And there’s another $500 pledged as well.”

Mr Law and his wife Kerry said they’ve been blown away by how much the community has supported the rally.

“We’re having a fundraiser at Morundah as well, there’ll be a camp oven cook off.”

The Back to Basics Camp Oven Cook-off will take place in Morundah on September 23, with the aim of raising more funds for the cause. The raffle will be drawn then as well.

“There’s one prize for the raffle, which is a steel fire pit, a camp oven and a camp oven cookbook. We’ve getting a lot of prizes as well for a continuous raffle at the cook off – that will go all afternoon.”

Alice has had a few owners in Narrandera throughout her 23 years, but very few have put her through her paces like the rally will. The rally will take the two men – along with the 75 other vehicles already involved in the rally – on a five day journey, travelling to communities and schools across the country to raise funds.

“We do about 2,500 kilometres in the outback, with an estimated 90 per cent of that on dirt road. We don’t know where we’re going until we’re told on the day. The car is 90 per cent ready to go. She just needs a bit of suspension work.”

Alice will also be fitted out with official Redneck Rally stickers before she heads out on her journey. Team Alice will be out the front of the Narrandera Bakery on Saturday 29 July until lunchtime.

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