MORE than 40 cars quietly made their way into Gloucester last Wednesday night.
The cars were completing the penultimate leg of the 12th annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Escape car rally.
The rally started in Mudgee on September 9 and made its way through the centre of NSW up to Rainbow Beach in Queensland before trekking back down through Tenterfield to Gloucester.
Along the way, drivers participated in rally stages, negotiating tricky farm and forest roads, in a bid to pick up points.
However, the main aim of the rally was to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Australia, with organisers confident of making between $400,000 and $450,000 from the rally.
“Every entrant has to raise a minimum of $3600 to participate in the rally - anything above that is a bonus,” the national partnerships manager at Cystic Fibrosis Australia Anthony Timillero said.
“Our top fundraiser this year has made more than $26,000.”
Competing in his first rally, Mr Timillero said a highlight had been visiting the small regional schools at towns along the rally route.
Mr Timillero said the rally attracted participants who had direct experience with cystic fibrosis as well as those who merely went along for the ride.
“The guy I’m driving with this year has been participating since 2005,” he said.
“He simply wanted to give something back.”
Cystic Fibrosis Australia uses the money raised from the rally to fund its Cystic Fibrosis Data Registry, which is used to provide pharmaceutical providers and medical professionals with information from sufferers of the disease across the country.
The rally concluded last Thursday with a parade through the streets of Nelson Bay.