Yes, there’s a Great Wheelbarrow Race and we’re the lucky recipients of the hard work by students from St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Brisbane to fundraise for farming communities.
A group of students who took part in this year’s race have donated $10,000 to the Aussie Farmers Foundation. The race is a three-stage team relay event from Friday, 18 May to Sunday, 20 May 2018 where competitors push a wheelbarrow from Chillageo to Mareeba along the Wheelbarrow Highway in far north Queensland.
The Wheelbarrow Highway became a route in the late 1800’s when work was scarce and transportation was limited so miners often used to travel about the region using a wheelbarrow to carry all of their possessions. In 2004, as a tribute to these early pioneers and to honour their amazing trail-blazing feats, the road between Mareeba and Chillagoe was named the Wheelbarrow Way.
The St Joseph’s Nudgee College team won the schools category with a time of just over six and a half hours. With fundraising for charities and local clubs a big factor in the Great Wheelbarrow Race, the boys outdid themselves this year, doubling the amount raised in 2017 which was also donated to the Foundation.
Foundation Director Skye Douglass was on hand to receive the cheque from the year 11 and 12 students where she heard from the students that they felt a need to help those living on the land as St Joseph’s is a boarding school with many boys from the bush.
What a superb effort from an awesome young team! Thanks guys for your support of Aussie farming communities facing tough times.