Gympie’s Michael Brown is back in business with his shark-themed 1987 Holden VL Commodore.
Gympie’s Michael Brown is back in business with his shark-themed 1987 Holden VL Commodore. Contributed

He’s ready to roll again

GYMPIE'S Michael Brown hopes a third outing with the Camp Quality Escarpade goes much better than his last.

Mr Brown casually dismissed an accident last year with a Land Rover, writing off his vehicle on his way to the starting line, as a "mishap".

"A Land Rover came through a stop sign and hit us," he said.

"We had nowhere to go so there was no avoiding it."

The collision sidelined Mr Brown's vehicle but, determined to participate, he joined another vehicle with a Mario and Luigi theme, even donning the green Luigi outfit.

This year, the Gympie participant is back with his shark-themed 1987 Holden VL Commodore and ready to make a splash.

The Camp Quality Escarpade convoy departs Bundaberg next Saturday headed for Bathurst with plenty of stops planned over six days.

Mr Brown said the Escarpade sought to raise funds to help Camp Quality continue its life-changing work.

"Camp Quality focuses more on the psychological aspect of children with cancer, helping give the children laughter, social interaction and making sure they don't feel alone," he said.

"It's about getting the kids together, helping siblings who sometimes feel left out and family units."

Helping children with cancer is close to Mr Brown's heart after seeing his son, Cameron, battle leukemia.

Cameron, 22, was first diagnosed in 1998 at the age of seven and relapsed in 2008.

Dealing with the initial diagnosis and subsequent relapse has given Mr Brown and his family a direct insight into the scenario faced by numerous other families.

"We know what's it's all about and what families must face so I really see the value in Camp Quality," Mr Brown said.

Meanwhile, fundraising ahead of next weekend's departure has been a busy time for Mr Brown.

Weekly trivia nights at the Gympie RSL have been a huge success while a one-off screening of Sharknado at the Gympie Cinema, organised by Sprotts Stainless Steel and Zinc 91.1 FM, raised almost $1000.

Gympie's Camp Quality Escarpade driver apologised in jest for the standard of the film. "It's the best worst movie ever," he said.

Gympie Times


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