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Bangers to Bluff back bigger and brighter 

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Nineteen bangers have registered for the 2023 Half Moon Bay Rotary club ‘Bangers to Bluff’ charity run 

They’re off once again!

After Covid-19 restrictions prevented the charity run from going ahead from 2020-2022, Bangers to Bluff is back bigger, better and brighter than ever.

Nineteen bangers have registered for the 2023 Half Moon Bay Rotary Club ‘Bangers to Bluff’ charity run, which got underway on Tuesday, March 21.

The journey will take the travellers 12 days, ending on April 1.

In 2015, members and friends of the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay dreamed up the crazy idea of running a touring holiday through New Zealand, travelling on roads less travelled to see the sites and sights your average Kiwi doesn’t usually see when on holiday.

Five cars costing less than $1000 set out from Auckland to travel to Stirling Point, Bluff, which is more or less the southern extremity of New Zealand, whilst having a ton of fun along the way.

Refined over the past 8 years by a group of hardy Howick area individuals, the principles have remained the same – buy a car (‘the Banger’) costing less than $2000 (originally $1000) and travel to Bluff over 11 days taking in some great New Zealand scenery and experiences.

The Bangers are then auctioned in Invercargill, with the auction proceeds, sponsorship raised for the journey, entry fees and donations through ‘GiveaLittle’ presented to the event’s masthead charities.

These charities are; Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Hopeworks (brain trauma trust) and charities associated with the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay Charitable Trust.

A support vehicle will be towing a large barbecue trailer, to provide fun, fellowship and fare for participants as and when appropriate (weather permitting).

To date, Bangers have not travelled exactly the same route as any previous journey.

Funds raised over the years for the various Charities now exceed $300,000.

The Bangers to Bluff Givealittle page can be found via the link https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/bangers-to-bluff-2023.

For more information see www.bangerstobluff.co.nz or visit the Facebook Page “Bangers to Bluff” or contact David Jamieson via davidjam12003@yahoo.co.uk.

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