Dometic Follow The Sun ambassadors chase fundraising target
Dometic's 2016 Follow The Sun ambassadors are rolling towards the halfway mark of their road trips but steaming towards their fundraising target of $100,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
CW caught up with the ambassadors to see how life on the road and their fundraising is going.
This year's Follow The Sun campaign is aiming to raise $100,000 plus awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and all ambassadors and competition runners-up are eagerly chasing fundraising dollars from campers they meet on their way down the east coast.
With three ambassador families plus, for the first time in Follow The Sun's history, two runner-up families, on the road for Dometic and the NBCF, the target looks well within reach.
CW caught up with the Follow The Sun ambassadors at a fundraising Fathers' Day campout at the Big 4 Gold Coast Holiday Park, Qld.
Steady rain didn't dampen the determination or enthusiasm of the ambassadors nor their fellow campers, as they played games, enjoyed entertainment and raisied funds for the NBCF.
Ambassador Linda Bloffwitch, who is travelling with her partner Grant Hanan, entered the competition after a close friend passed away from breast cancer.
"I guess after having a friend pass away from breast cancer early this year there was a strong connection fro me wanting to participate," Linda said. "We’ve come across people at happy hours who have had a connection with breast cancer themselves and they like to share their stories with us and often with other people at the happy hours."
Beyond the heartfelt and sometimes heart warming stories, Linda says they’ve also enjoyed hearing the travel stories of many caravanners along their journey.
Ambassadors Julie and Cameron McKay and their four children; Darcy, Hamish, Tiarna and Maddison have so far hosted 10 fundraising happy hours for the NBCF.
Cameron said the idea of being able to travel and help with a good cause suited them completely. "Every happy hour people come and fill us with their stories and we’ve met some very generous people willing to hand over money to go to such a great cause," he said.
Of those people, Cameron and Julie particularly remember one fellow who had fought breast cancer for 11 years. Julie said it’s stories like his that made their road trip so worthwhile.
First time caravanners and ambassadors Kate ‘AdventureMumma’ Richards and her husband Rob Mitchell, together with their two children Josh and Charlie, from Cairns decided to enter the competition because they love enjoying adventures in the beautiful Australian countryside.
The family are undertaking their road trip in the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s eye-catching pink Winnebago Minnie caravan.
Rob said while the idea of travel prompted them to enter the competition, "the breast cancer angle was more incentive to do some charity work as well".