10,000km road trip to drive change

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Andrew Cannon and Cathy Freeman, co-founders of the Cathy Freeman Foundation
Andrew Cannon and Cathy Freeman, co-founders of the Cathy Freeman Foundation

Andrew Cannon has the tactics for his 10,000-kilometre trip around Australia in a breezy 1923 Presentation Vauxhall all worked out.

“Drive early then just cook in the heat.”

With skinny tyres, rudimentary brakes and a dearth of modern driving comforts – not even a roof – he’s expecting to feel every dusty kilometre of the eight-week trip from Melbourne to Darwin and back, via Alice Springs, Palm Island, Rockhampton and Port Macquarie.  

Andrew’s higher purpose as co-founder of the Cathy Freeman Foundation, to help close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, will spur him along.

“I do like the outback and have a passion for cars and thought I would bring the two together to raise funds and awareness for a cause I truly believe in – and have some fun on the way,” says Andrew, who is Honorary Consul to Monaco and an RACV Club member.

 “I visited Palm Island 10 years ago and witnessed the horrendous conditions Aboriginal children were living in and simply thought, if I change one life it’s a start. I didn’t believe we would change thousands.”

Andrew’s trip, to mark the foundation’s 10th anniversary, has raised $100,000 so far, and he hopes to double that figure by the time the eight-week odyssey is complete. 

“We will visit over 200 towns and speak at schools and sporting groups, and are developing an information card as many people in Australia are not even aware what the Aboriginal flag means.”

10 years, 10,000km. Departs Melbourne August 6. To donate or find out more about Andrew’s trip, go to cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au/10000

Written by RACV
July 21, 2017