The charity event takes place 12 19 October 2013, but participants are being invited to enter now so they have enough time to identify a 20+ year old car, make the necessary modifications and fundraise in time for the event.
The new route will travel through Bundaberg, Hivesville, Dalby, Boonah, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Comboyne, Muswellbrook, Rylstone, Bathurst, Moss Vale and Wollongong.
Once participants have identified their car, they fundraise in the run-up to October and often will pick a fancy dress theme for themselves and the car. Entrants include Super Mario Brothers, Sesame Street, Fred Flintstone and the Booger Mobile. All funds raised help create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia.
Fundraising Coordinator Monika Kodrun said: This is such a fun event. People get really excited about taking an old car and breathing new life into it, before putting it to the test on a week-long challenging outback/off-road course. Think Pimp My Ride meets Top Gear and all for a great cause.
This is the first time esCarpade has recruited new cars for five years. Last year, the event raised $1.2 million for Camp Quality enough to give over 1,000 children an essential break from the stresses of cancer at their programs which create optimism and resilience.
The event is particularly encouraging more women to participate this year. Last year, just one of the 66 cars was an all-women team.
Along the route, the esCarpade cars will visit primary schools where the McDonalds Camp Quality puppet show will be performed. The performance teaches pupils how to be supportive and understanding of children living with cancer.
To register visit www.escarpade.org.au or call Monika on 02 9876 0506.