Saturday, September 18, 2021

Lockdowns have made it hard, but Just 4 Kids is fighting to bring back their fun adventures.

As a lover of all things with motors, particularly those that head off on exciting adventures I was thrilled when I heard about Just4Kids’ and their efforts at raising funds. So excited in fact that I wanted to take a moment to tell you all a little bit about this amazing team, what they have achieved and how they are trying to get things back on track for the end of 2021 and into 2022.

Firstly a little bit about Just4Kids’ cause it would make sense for you to know what I’m talking about.

Just4Kids’ mission is to help make a positive & lasting difference in the quality of the life of sick or disadvantaged children and youth under 18yrs. They endeavour to support those in their local community by using funds to purchase vital medical & support equipment for those in need.

Just4Kids’ donation to a Cape York family in 2012 for a special needs wheelchair

Just4Kids have no paid staff, relying solely on the dedication of their team of experienced and passionate volunteers.  Prior to the COVID 19 restrictions they have held a yearly tag along motor trail covering areas such as Cape York, Simpson Desert, Crocodile Safari, Surf to Snow, Beach to Bay and the events are fully catered for by their qualified chefs.

What they have achieved over the years through these events is actually pretty impressive, not only from a fundraising point of view but also from the ability to organise some really awesome adventures.

In saying that, their upcoming trip at the end of September and their Holiday with a Difference in 2022 really knock things out of the park!

I can hear you saying. “Troy, stop leaving us in suspense, tell us more about these awesome adventures.” Well, wait no more!

The Simpson desert trip in 2015

The September trip is called Queensland Dinosaur Trail. There is obviously no prizes for guessing where this is happening or what the adventure is all about. The adventure starts in Charters Towers and takes 10 days to get down to Winton passing many of the dino hotspots along the way. Personally, id be most excited about heading to Eromanga to visit the site of Australia’s newest and largest dinosaur Cooper

If you are as excited about this trip as I am, I would recommend that you jump over to the Just4Kids’ Dino Adventure page and register your interest. I know that they have a very limited number of spots due to some secret but exciting things that they have planned.

The Kimberly Holiday with a Difference is the 2022 adventure that will be here before you know it. Mark – Motor Trails Director – told us that this trip has been on the planning board now for well over 4 years with a good 12 months of prep prior to its postponement earlier this year. By the time it rolls around it will be over 5 years and 24 months, so we are expecting a pretty awesome adventure.

This massive, nearly month-long, adventure is going to be fully catered for by our team of chefs and we have so many great experiences lined up it amazes even me, Mark told us. The trips are also full of events, games, charity raffles and fun organised with the local communities.

Starting in Alice Springs, this adventure winds through the Northern Territory and into WA heading through places like Wolfe Creek Crater, Bungle Bungles, Cape Leveque, Windjana Gorge, King Leopold Ranges, Gibb River Road, Lake Argyle, Victoria River and finally ending in Katherine. If that isn’t one cracker of a trip then I don’t know what is!

It might still be a few months away, but if you are interested make sure to get in touch with the team at Just4Kids’ now.

Having spoken with a few of the Just4Kids’ volunteers I know how much they are looking forward to these two events and I really get a sense of how much fun they will be.

It is an exciting 12 months coming up for the team and so much opportunity to raise some much-needed funds. So if you’re keen, anyone from anywhere is welcome and the Just4Kids’ team would love you to get involved!

Troy Bignell
Having driven 4WD's on 4 continents, worked for some of the best-known companies in the offroad space in both Australia and the USA, some might assume that he likes 4WDs. They would be right. With camera in hand, Troy will jump at any opportunity to get away from the big smoke and will often spend hours behind the wheel to get to cool places. You're also blessed we live in a modern age where handwriting isn't a thing.