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Rally-ready .. With four of the cars that will be taking part in this year's Daffodil Rally, from a 1962 Daimler Majestic Major to a 2018 Hyundai i20 are (from left), South Canterbury Vintage Car Club chairman Ashley Milliken, rally organiser John Foster and Cancer Society South Canterbury manager Leola Smith. PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

by Claire Allison

South Canterbury people are being invited to hit the road on Sunday to raise funds for the Cancer Society.

Rally organiser John Foster said the Daffodil Rally began in Timaru three years ago with an event organised by the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club.

“We started a run for the Cancer Society and went to Mt Peel Station, and since then, the national body has come on board, asking all 36 branches to do a charity run or display, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Society.”

Mr Foster said the rally was open to all vehicles.

“It can be vintage, classic, whatever you like – motorbikes, pick-up trucks, or your everyday car.”

Last year’s rally attracted 107 vehicles. The club raised about $3000 for the Cancer Society from entry fees and a fundraising raffle and would like to beat that total this year.

Mr Foster said all costs were being covered by the car club or through sponsorship.

“We don’t claim any costs, every penny taken goes to the Cancer Society.”

With a promising weather forecast, Mr Foster said this year’s event should be a good one, offering participants a leisurely 77km drive on sealed roads around South Canterbury to a mystery homestead somewhere in the region, culminating in garden tours and a barbecue lunch.

South Canterbury Cancer Society centre manager Leola Smith said the organisation was thrilled to be working with the vintage car club again.

be working with, and last year was a great day out.”

People wanting to take part in the rally need to be at the north end car park on Caroline Bay at 9.15am on Sunday. The first car will leave at 10am.

The entry fee is $15 per car, and no pre-registration is needed.