On track Convoy collects for child cancer

18:51, Mar 11 2014
TRACTOR TREKKERS: Lead drivers for the day on the tractor trek, Steve Day, left, and Claude Fuller with their Child Cancer Foundation collection buckets as they stopped on their way to Fairlie yesterday.

A convoy of orange tractors descended upon Fairlie yesterday during a fundraising South Island tractor trek.

The 10 Australian trekkers and their support crew are spending a free day in Fairlie today before carrying on to Methven tomorrow.

For the past 21 days the trekkers have been driving on the back roads of the South Island at 40kmh on their tractors to raise money for the Child Cancer Foundation.

Trek organiser Ron Bywaters said they will be travelling around 3000km and have raised $14,000. He said 100 per cent of the money raised stays in New Zealand.

The Chamberlain 9G tractors were shipped from Western Australia to Christchurch, where the trek started.

Mr Bywaters, who is either leading or at the rear in his RV, said they have had a wonderful time, taking in the scenery as they go.


They started in Christchurch in February and have passed through towns including Hanmer Springs, Blenheim, Murchison, Te Anau and Invercargill.

Mr Bywaters said it was difficult to choose a favourite place. "Every place has something different, we've enjoyed every stop."

The trekkers leave Fairlie tomorrow and head to Methven for two days, including one spent at the A&P show. From Methven they will travel to Christchurch, where their New Zealand journey ends. "We love the place, but all good things must come to an end," Mr Bywaters said.

The Timaru Herald