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THE 2017 Drive 4 Life 4WD tour will tackle the Victorian High Country, and 4X4 Australia has once again jumped on board as a major sponsor.
Drive 4 Life is an annual 4WD event raising money for the Northcott foundation (formerly known as the NSW Society for Crippled Children). To date, Drive 4 Life has raised $745,000 for Northcott.
Northcott, which has helped communities for more than 80 years, provides support and services to people with disabilities as well as their families and carers. In particular, funds raised by Drive 4 Life go to Northcott’s Equipment Loan Pool, which provides people in need with wheelchairs and other mobility equipment.
To raise money, vehicles participating in the 2017 Drive 4 Life tour are required to donate $1000 to Northcott.
The 2017 Drive 4 Life event will start at 3.30pm on March 19 in Harrietville, Victoria. The tour will end with a dinner at the Snowline Hotel in Harrietville on March 24.
Throughout the five days of the tour, participants will cover 450 to 500km of off-road tracks within an area bounded by Licola in the south, Mt Buller in the west and the Great Alpine Road in the north.
Covering approximately six hours of driving per day, participants are required to have 4x4s up to the task of overcoming challenging terrain. Because of this, Drive 4 Life recommends all vehicles run allterrain tyres and have high- and low-range.
Other essential items to bring include a five-watt UHF radio with an external aerial, first-aid kit, 20 litres of water, a snatch strap, D or bow shackles, and recovery points front and rear. A pre-trip full-vehicle service or check-up is also required.
Non-essential items include a cargo barrier, fire extinguisher, spare drive belts for fan/alternator/power steering/air-con, spare radiator hoses, tyre pressure gauge, 12-volt electric tyre pump, and a roof rack.
So what are you waiting for? Get involved in Drive 4 Life, at www.drive4life.com.au.