Family race for charity
A 17-YEAR-OLD student and his mum will embark on the drive of their lives today – but they had another race on their hands before they even started.
Brandon Grant, who convinced mum Di Boyce to join him on the Just 4 Kids Charity Bash, has been rushing to get his vehicle modified in time for the car rally.
The pair will take Brandon's 1989 diesel Toyota Hilux, but first had to make some modifications, some of which regularly kept the North Bundaberg High School student up until 2.30am.
“It's been a bit stressful,” Brandon said.
Now that the vehicle has received its tick of approval, a relieved Mrs Boyce said they could “have a great time and not stress about the vehicle”.
The mother and son will leave today on the 12-day trek, which is set to take them through some of the most remote areas in Queensland.
The journey starts in Cardwell and will head to the tip of Queensland and across to Thursday Island before returning to Cooktown.
Brandon said he hoped the trip would leave a lasting impression before he enrolled in the army next year.
“I really wanted to do something with Mum before I moved away,” he said.
Mrs Boyce said the family did something for charity once a year and this year they decided to help Just 4 Kids, which supports disabled and disadvantaged children.
“Brandon said it would be a good idea,” she said.
Mrs Boyce said she was thrilled she and her son had raised almost $4000 for the event so far.
“Bundaberg is doing it hard, but when I approached shops to help with a raffle they all donated something, whether it was a $5 item or a $50 item,” she said.
Mrs Boyce said she had a feeling this was an event she would complete again.
“I think it will be an event you will be totally hooked on because it's going to be a really good cause,” she said.
The couple will visit a seven-year-old girl who was in a car crash when she was younger.
She needs three more major surgeries and has to travel 2000km to Brisbane for the treatment.
“It will be nice to meet her and see where our funds are going,” Brandon said.