THREE Sunshine Coast mums are set to break free from the ‘shackles of domestic bliss’ and raise some dust and dollars as they tackle the eight-day Great Endeavour Rally Southern Safari on June 15.
Starting their journey on the Gold Coast, Kenny’s Angels will traverse across rough and rugged terrain to Dubbo before arriving in the coastal town of Yamba on June 23. For eight days and nights the trio will rough it in their swags under the stars and soak up in the atmosphere of country NSW.
It’s the first year the all-female team have taken part in the rally; that raises money for the Endeavour Foundation, and the local business women have been busy hosting fundraising events throughout the Glass House Mountains and surrounding areas.
Kenny’s Angel crew is Amanda Smyth, of Wild Horse Turf, Susan Ellwood, of Grandview at Fraser, and Sonia Heilig from Go Turf. While each brings their own unique skill set to the rally (Susan is no stranger to changing a tyre), one thing the friends all have in common is a love of country music.
“Our name was coined a few years ago when we saw Kenny Rogers at the Gympie Muster, and from there we referred to ourselves as Kenny’s Angels. We’re sure to have a bit of fun during the rally but we’re really passionate about raising money for the Endeavour Foundation,” Mrs Smyth says.
“We’ve chosen this rally because as mothers we truly believe in the foundation’s approach to helping people with a disability to live fulfilling lives. All money raised goes towards ensuring those with a disability can have independence, choice, control and inclusion.”
Meet the crew:
Susan: A Beerburrum local and farmer’s daughter, she’s been instrumental in getting our ride rally ready. Weekdays she’s in the office at Glenview State School and weekends she’s her wetting a line on Fraser Island near her Grandview on Fraser, the accommodation she and her husband own.
Sonia: Sonia and her husband own and operate Go Turf, one of the largest turf suppliers on the Sunshine Coast. She’s a rally-veteran, having participated in three previous rallies, but none have been as cold as Dubbo in June.
Amanda: Farmer by day and blogger by night, when she’s not working at Wild Horse Turf Amanda’s writing recipes and promoting her cookbook – Cooker and a Looker. A rally-newbie, she’s working hard on setting up her swag in less than 30 minutes!