Travelling over 1,300 kilometres in eight days across two states is an almighty task, but for Dubbo’s David Ward and his long-time friend Derek Blomfield, of Quirindi, it has been nothing but an adventure for all the right reasons. They were part of the 2017 KidzFix Rally, as the team Two Dads, to raise funds for Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS), a service which transports critically ill newborns and children, including premature babies, to the few intensive care units (ICUs) in NSW and the ACT capable of treating them. It's a cause close to the Two Dads' hearts.
Mr Ward's son, Lucas, was born 11-and-a-half weeks prematurely at Dubbo Hospital. Mr Blomfield's son, Patrick, was born at 27 weeks at Tamworth Base Hospital.
Both babies would have died if it wasn't for NETS transporting them to hospitals in Sydney where they could get the specialist treatment they needed.
The annual KidzFix Rally started at Ballina on September 8 and finished at Dubbo on September 16, with proceeds of the nine-day charity event going to projects in the Western NSW Local Health District.
Health services at Collarenebri, Nyngan, Brewarrina, Condobolin, Rylstone, Lightning Ridge, Coonamble, Coonabarabran, Wellington and Coolah will all receive a ‘Neo Puff’ device.
The rally went through northwest NSW to St George in Queensland, south to Lightning Ridge, then to Nyngan, Pilliga, before ending in Dubbo on Saturday.
Mr Ward said it had been very humbling having the opportunity to meet the people they have, which has included schools and farmers.
“We get to meet amazing people who are doing it tough. It’s very dry on the land, they’re hurting,” he said.
“But on the upside we’re having a lot of fun and we’ve met a lot of people and we get to have a laugh.”
For more details visit www.kidzfix.com.au or search ‘Two Dads’ on Facebook.
On Day 6 of the rally, the pair were in Lightning Ridge. Mr Ward said they were “tracking along well.”
“We’re just over halfway at the moment,” he said.
“It’s funny, the days have gone by really quick ... it just feels really relaxing following the routes and course notes.”
Mr Ward and Blomfield have become somewhat of a online sensation on their Facebook page Two Dads.
As well as keeping their followers up-to-date on where they stopped at and who they’d visited, Mr Ward and Mr Blomfield also showed off their singing skills with their own version of car pool karaoke.
One such video raked up almost 2000 views on Facebook.