Glenn Buikstra of Country Winnebago near Nowra and Mandy Bourke have a passion, to improve the lives of those children who have suffered cancer and to support the fine, never ending work of Camp Quality, an organisation founded to provide children with cancer with a better quality of life.
Glenn and Mandy have entered a car into the upcoming Camp Quality esCARpade, a seven day outback motoring adventure that raises much needed funds for children and their families living with cancer.
Car 157 is a part of Team Shoalhaven, and was established in 2010 after Mandy (DuckDown) & Glenn (Getz) were donated a car by Country Motor Company in Nowra. After many hours of hard work and laughter Car 157 was ready for esCARpade.
esCARpade kicks off the 20th anniversary of the event in Bendigo Victoria on October 15, tracking south through Ballarat and Geelong, following the Great Ocean Road to the South Australian border where it turns north through Casterton, Naracoorte, Pinnaroo and Mildura.
From Mildura it turns west and follows the Murray through Mallee country and Swan Hill. It deviates slightly into the NSW town of Deniliquin before dropping back into Victoria, continuing through Numurkah, Wangaratta and finishing in Bright seven days later on October 21.
The 3400km route has everything, spectacular state forests and national parks between Bendigo and Naracoorte, sandy tracks common to the Mallee from Naracoorte to Swan Hill, a small taste of regional NSW and some rugged pine forests in the foothills of Victoria’s alpine region to finish it off.
Winnebago RV Club members are invited to come along and meet Glenn and Mandy if you happen to be enjoying the motorhome lifestyle anywhere near the esCARpade route.
Winnebago is proud to support Camp Quality and Glen and Mandy in this fine cause. Please consider donating to esCARpade, as every little bit helps the children & families living with cancer.
For further information or to make a donation to this worthy cause, contact Glenn on 0438 218 900. Camp Quality was established in 1983 when founder, Vera Entwistle, immigrated to Australia from the USA. Before leaving the USA, Vera read about a program designed to provide support to the families of children living with cancer. Part of the support provided was a commitment to bring fun and laughter back into their lives.
On her arrival, Vera dedicated her time to establishing a similar program. The program was recreation based and the idea was to bring together a group of children living with cancer at a camp, where they could participate in activities that they may have missed out on because of their illness.
A doctor gave Vera the idea for a name when he told her, “No-one can do anything about the quantity of anyone’s life, but all of us can do something about the quality.” From this Camp Quality was born.