Port Lincoln's Runaway Brides set $100,000 target in 2019

CAR MLC: The 2019 Runaway Brides team members Emma Pedler, Zoe Woolford, Rayann Hetzel and Simone Bertram.
CAR MLC: The 2019 Runaway Brides team members Emma Pedler, Zoe Woolford, Rayann Hetzel and Simone Bertram.

The Runaway Brides (Car MLC) have locked in their team for 2019 and have set their biggest target yet.

Going into their 12th year, the group have already started their fundraising efforts in a bid to reach the massive $100,000 target they have set themselves.

For bride boss Emma Pedler, this year’s event will be her fourth.

The Bash helps disadvantaged children across the Eyre Peninsula and the state and has contributed to several local projects.

“I was hooked after the first year, you get to see the families and communities that you are making a difference to and helping,” she said.

“We were overwhelmed by the community support and business sponsorship in the community last year, but we would love to welcome more.”

Ms Pedler said this year they would also try to get other areas of the region involved in events and fundraising efforts.

Upcoming fundraising events for the Brides include a ladies night at Lock, a St Patrick’s Day event, a rump and red night, raffles and a mock wedding.

All money raised will go towards providing equipment and programs for children in need across the state.

It will be the second Bash for Simone Bertram and Rayann Hetzel, who fundraised last year alongside Ms Pedler and retired bride Karen Leurs to help raise more than $45,000.

Newcomer Zoe Woolford was welcomed into the fold for this year’s Mawson Lakes to Murray Bride Bash in August.

“I’m excited, I’ve admired the Runaway Brides for a long time and I’ve been involved in helping them fundraise for quite a while,” she said.

“I’ve heard a lot and learnt a lot, I’m really looking forward to contributing more and to the Bash itself.”

Last year was the 30th Variety Bash in SA, with the event raising more than $1.6 million for children in need.

To donate or find out about future fundraising events visit The Runaway Brides Facebook page.