Road trip for couple to raise funds

Jan and Paul Merril.
Jan and Paul Merril.

Sitting in their 1973 LJGPR Torana, the Merrils will participate in Variety WA’s Creative Car Cruise, with the theme ‘Tour of Duty’, from March 21 to 24.

‘I’ve had (the Torana) for four years ” had one as a kid and decided I wanted another one,’ Mr Merril said.’Because they are classic cars, we don’t dress them up per se ” I’ve got a heap of old cars and planes sitting across the back dash, so it’s dressed up inside.’

The Argyle Diamond Mine worker said he and his wife had never done anything like it, but after Jan saw the event advertised on television, they signed up.

By holding raffles at work and receiving donations from colleagues, Mr Merril said he had raised more than the $3000 donation required.

Now in its fourth year, Variety WA chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said he was delighted at the way the Creative Car Cruise had developed.

‘Over the last three events, we’ve had a range of different car makes and models participate, from 1930s hotrods, Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs to Aussie icons like the GT and Monaro,’ he said. ‘It’s been fantastic to see so many car lovers banding together to take up the fundraising challenge and wave the Variety flag for WA Kids in need.

‘In 2013, the Variety Creative Car Cruise raised over $135,000.’

Woodvale resident Mark Gardiner will also participate is this weekend’s event, driving a 1969 Ford Fairlane.

To donate or for more information, visit www.varietywa.org.au or call 9355 3655.