Off-road camper fans heading to the Clarence
FOUR-wheel drive and off-road camping enthusiasts will converge on the Nymboida Canoe Centre later this month.
More than 100 people, mostly young families, are expected to attend the annual national meet-up.
Organised by My Swag, an online community of people who enjoy four-wheel driving and using off-road camper trailers, the event will be somewhat of a coup for the ClarenceValley.
Locally based organisers John Kenny and Mark Goldie have been instrumental in attracting the meet to the region, helping to get the event off the ground.
"So far we have a confirmed 46 camper trailers attending, 92 adults and 50 kids," Mr Goldie said.
"This will rise with the normal influx of latecomers so I expect the final numbers will be about 120 adults or 60 camper trailers."
But the event, aside from being a boon for the economy of Nymboida, will also raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
John and Mark are looking for items to be raffled, with 100% of the proceeds being split 50/50 between the two emergency services.
The My Swag online forum began in 2007 to provide a place for likeminded people to come together and discuss any-thing related to off-road camping.
This also allowed members to organise meets at different locations all over Australia, giving strangers the chance to meet up and become firm friends.
Now with more than 12000 members, www.my swag.org is Australia's largest online community dedicated to off-road camper trailer enthusiasts.
MY SWAG NATIONAL MEET UP
Nymboida Canoe Centre - September 27 to 30