FORTY sulkies will roll into Tambar Springs this weekend to kick off one of the state’s biggest sulky drives and raise money for children in need.
The drive, which supports Royal Far West, will see the sulkies start arriving on Friday for an official starting dinner at the Royal Hotel on Saturday night, to be attended by local dignitaries, including Gunnedah Mayor Owen Hasler.
The ‘sulky bash’ which is now in its third year is expected to attract up to 80 people who spend the week participating in fund-raising events in towns along the route.
Sunday morning will see the full entourage travel through the village to begin a week long epic journey averaging 40kms per day, finishing at Willow Tree the following weekend.
The first day will be spent winding across the Liverpool Plains, through the Trinkey State Forest to camp at Premer, where meals and entertainment will be provided by the Premer P&C and Lions Club.
Monday’s drive leaves Premer for the private property “Coomoo Coomoo” and onto Spring Ridge for a Tuesday night camp at the Country Club.
Another 45kms on Wednesday, from Spring Ridge to Breeza will see drivers looked after by the Breeza Progress Association for the night and onto Werris Creek on Thursday.
On Friday the sulkies will head into Pine Ridge before arriving at their final destination on Saturday, Willow Tree.
Royal Far West provides facilities at Manly for isolated children from country NSW, who need educational or medical support and accommodation for their families.