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4 July, 2021

Dragged into the thick of it

QUICK! Think of the worst possible place for a noise-shy autistic reporter to go and have to cover for a story!

By Jacob Cumner

Deano Ann and Gorman had a blast at Palmyra Dragway race track

Have you got it? If you’re thinking something like a Speedway full of people, loud noises, funny smells, and unexpected – well – unexpected everything, then you are absolutely right.

But to the Speedway I went, and I was there for you - the read- er but I was really covering the drag races purely for the benefit of someone else entirely: Our Queensland, drought-stricken farmers who are doing it really tough at the moment.

Walking around the Palmyra Dragway race track, I could see many amazing vehicles some re- stored classics.

Some for show and some to race, and while the sky was overcast it didn’t stop more and more people from turn- ing out to see cars speeding along the strip.

The smell of burning rubber excited the crowd and brought more people than expected, as I later found out from event orga- nizers, Sara and her partner Wade.

It’s an event that has been a few years in the making.

The signs of this are obvious: There are still banners with the original dates on them but due to rain and last year’s Covid crazi- ness, this event has been pushed back time and time again.

Finally, though, it happened. It happened thanks to all the tireless efforts from organisers, and the event will help our farmers.

It made me smile to think about how selfless some people can be to provide entertainment do something to help out those who truly need it.

Throughout the day, I had learnt, that if something is utterly worth fighting for, people will do everything in their power to make it happen - come hell or high water.

There’s not a lot which will stop them doing something they love to help those in need.

This is what the world needs more of.

We can make a change to someone else’s life if we work hard enough.

And whatever the barrier, if we fight for what we love, we can do anything.

That is what I learnt. And from the hundreds of smiling faces and cheering spectators who donated money, just to come watch these vehicles burn rubber, it’s just another highlight of how great Mackay can truly be.

And as for me? It was a chance to once again see things differently. What was once a scary, loud, unpredictable situation which I couldn’t control, was now a fantastic example of really good things being done in our community.

And that’s definitely the way I’d rather look at it.

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