TREK 4 KIDZ – Starlight Foundation

By Neil Wilson - Sub Editor for the Bribie Islander


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Tags: Starlight Foundation. Trek 4 kidz.  Fundraiser event.


On August 17th, retired Bribie Island real estate agent and great-grandmother Lyn Auger will join her son Stewart and his partner Val when they drive from the New South Wales town of Port Macquarie to Goulburn and whilst there is nothing really unusual about three people making that journey, if you add in the information that the trip will take them seven days and they are going via Toowoomba, then it starts to get a bit interesting.

Featured Image(above): Lyn, Stewart and Val are raising funds for the Starlight Foundation
Inset: Team e-LEMON-ators Grandi.

Okay, for those of you who have now become curious, Lyn, Val and Stewart are making the journey as Competitors in the TREK 4 KIDZ Rally which is a yearly event held to raise funds for the Starlight Foundation and, unlike some other fundraisers, the organisers ensure that every dollar raised goes to the intended recipient.

TREK 4 KIDZ was held for the first time in 1997 by a small group of people from Tuross Head on the south coast of New South Wales who wanted to hold an event that would not only help change the lives of seriously ill children but also provide a great social outing for participants.

Lyn explained that their car is number thirty-six and they are calling themselves, Team e-LEMON-ators and her competition name is (well, what else would you expect?) “Grandi.” ‘In the weeks prior to the rally, I will be fundraising in a number of places around the island and the sign written Lexus will be on display in various areas,’ said Lyn.

‘We have to raise three thousand dollars before the rally starts and we will also be fundraising along the way,’ she added. Since it’s inception, the TREK 4 KIDZ Rally has visited more than four hundred towns and forty-five schools, raising over $1,600,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

These funds enable the foundation to grant hundreds of life-changing wishes or transform the hospital experience for thousands of children. In 2018, competitors will follow a route that includes stops in Tamworth, Tenterfield, and Toowoomba before driving to Goulburn via Moree and Dubbo.

Lyn and her other e-LEMON-ators need support in their fundraising efforts so if anyone would like to donate, they can either give “Grandi” a call on 0415 757407 or go to the web page trek4kidzcar36 for details.

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