Dubbo rallies to raise funds

A FUN-filled weekend involving the unusual mix of a car rally and quilting has raised $1565 towards an Ear Bus for the region.

The All Ears on Deck Quilt Show, Handmade Market day and Car Rally took place at Toongi Hall earlier this month.

Fundraising events for the Hear our Heart Ear Bus Project are regularly organised by the Dubbo and District Deaf and Hearing Impaired Group and the Dubbo and District Parent Support Group for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired who are hoping for corporate sponsorship.

The purpose-built Mobile Ear Health clinic for schools in the Central and Far West would travel to all public and private schools, preschools and day-care centres from Dubbo to Cobar, then across to Bourke and Brewarrina.

Glenys Mann, an internationally-renowned fabric artist and quilter officially opened the Quilt Exhibition.

Quilting enthusiasts attended from across the region with more than $1200 raised for the Ear Bus.

The Car Rally started at the Lazy River Estate and finished at the Toongi Hall in time for the Quilting Challenge and a barbecue lunch.

Dubbo and District Deaf and Hearing Impaired Group member Rachel Mills said the rally was challenging yet a lot of fun and helped raise $365 for the Ear Bus.

About 12 cars entered the rally and first travelled out to Ballimore then across to Geurie before finishing at Toongi.

The Quigley family was the eventual winner of the rally with the most points.

"It was advertised through all the schools in Dubbo so most schools were represented," Ms Mills said.

"It was like the Amazing Race with a car. We had to pull up and answer questions and do challenges along the way."

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