Gettin’ down and dirty good deeds

March 02, 2018

Echuca's Drac Russell (pictured) and Paul Sattler are raising money for Country Hope through the Riverina Redneck Rally.

IT’S dirty, it’s dusty – but it’s all for a good cause.

Echuca duo Drac Russell and Paul Sattler will go off-road this weekend for the 2018 Riverina Redneck Rally.

Kicking off in Hillston NSW, the five-day drive will take teams along a mystery route.

And it’s all to raise money for Country Hope, an organisation supporting children in remote communities diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Drac and Paul (team name ‘Laidback’) only needed to raise $2500 to enter – and they’ve already blitzed that, collecting more than $14,000 for the vital cause.

But they’re not about to throw in the towel yet.

“We were leading the fundraising until two weeks ago, but now we’re in third place,” Drac said.

“We want to challenge ourselves to get back into first spot and we’re only $1500 off the pace. We only need a little more to get us over the line.”

Drac said his decision to join in the Riverina Redneck Rally was twofold.

His brother was initially signed up to take on the rally with Paul — but he tragically died before he could take part.

“Paul ended up asking me if I’d like to do it with him instead and I immediately said, ‘I’m in, don’t worry about it at all’,’’ Drac said.

“So while I’m doing this for Country Hope and the kids, I’m also doing this for my brother.”

The duo has also donated money and are collecting hampers to give to the children they meet during the rally.

Both of them urge locals to dig deep to aid Country Hope.

“Helping outback kids is such a great cause,’’ Drac said.

‘‘These kids can often be forgotten.

“And the organisers for this are awesome, we know all our money is going straight to kids in need, nothing else.”

To give to Echuca’s own Riverina Redneck Rally team before they hit the road, visit

—Charmayne Allison

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