Brooke's Car Rally

Rallying to Make a Difference

"Rallying to Make a Difference"

Thank you for your interest in Brooke's Car Rally!

A little bit of a background on Brooke, now aged 12 .....

Brooke is the youngest of 4 children and when she had just turned 2, her mother Amanda was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma and successfully underwent 8 months of Chemotherapy under Dr John Taper at the Nepean Cancer Care Centre. 

In 2013, at age 7, Brooke went with her father Gary while he was making a delivery. In the days following, Brooke declared she "had to do something to help" the patients of the centre and wanted to hold a raffle.

Deciding something a little bigger than a raffle alone would be more profitable, Brooke decided a family fun event would be best. 

It was from here, at age just 7, Brooke founded her charity fundraising event, "Brooke's Car Rally"!

With a goal of $300 in mind and armed with a letter requesting donations towards a raffle drawn on the day of the event, Brooke approached Penrith businesses. The response she received from businesses, local people and the participants in the event was nothing short of amazing. She totally smashed her goal of $300, raising a total of $7,209.75 for the centre!

With this donation, the NCCC was able to purchase a new ECG machine, which detects abnormalities in the heart rhythm. This machine is vital in the treatment and care of cancer patients.

In 2013, we had 37 vehicles registered and started the event from Brooke's school in Glenmore Park and answering questions and deciphering clues, participants were lead to our secret and final destination, at the Penrith Weir. Here we had our family bbq, cake stall, raffle and presentation.

Due to the success of this event, Brooke declared she would like to hold Brooke's Car Rally annually.

In 2014, Brooke again held her rally for the NCCC and raised $10,671! For this event we started at Panthers Leagues Club complex in Penrith, and had 70 vehicles participate. Our 2014 rally lead the participants to Tench Reserve in Penrith, where we again had our bbq, cake stall, raffle & presentation. Brooke also added family games to this event, such as sack races, egg & spoon races and a water bomb catching competition.

The total amount raised for the Nepean Cancer Care Centre with the 2 events is $17,880.75!

For her 2015 event, Brooke chose to support The Children's Hospital at Westmead and their Epilepsy Research Unit, donating $9,210 to the hospital.

In 2016, Brooke held a Trivia Night at the Penrith Gael's Club in August and her Car Rally in November. Both events were a huge success and raised a total of $13,528 for the sole benefit of the Nepean Cancer Care Centre, Penrith.

This brings Brooke's total raised AND donated to over $40,000!

In 2017, Brooke was honoured to be named Emma Husar MP's Lindsay's Young Woman of the Year and Literacy Planet's National Community Legend, winning $10,000 worth of technology for her school. Brooke has also recently been nominated for the 2017 Fred Hollows Foundation's Humanity Award, to be announced in October!

Brooke's Car Rally 2017 will be held on Sunday 12th November 2017 and will start this year from the carpark of Penrith City Council! 

Brooke would love to see you there and we thank you for your support!

ALL WELCOME!

Brooke & Dr Taper

The cheque presentation at the end of the car rally 2013 - little did we know there were more donations to come!

Dr Taper, Amanda & Brooke

Brooke, her mother Amanda, and Dr John Taper, 2013. Dr Taper was Amanda's specialist at the centre during her treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Gary, Brooke, Dr Taper and Amanda 

At the official cheque presentation of Brooke's inaugural event in 2013 were very proud parents, Gary and Amanda, with Brooke and Dr Taper.

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